The co-organizer of the “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition yesterday rejected allegations that it misidentified the painter of an artwork damaged by a boy on Sunday.
TST Art of Discovery Co on Monday released a surveillance video showing a 12-year-old boy tripping over a rope barrier while walking near a painting, which organizers identified as Flowers by Italian painter Paolo Porpora (1617-1673).
The boy’s tumble left a hole the size of a fist in the painting. The damaged painting has been restored and was back on display yesterday.
According to the organizers, the 2m-tall painting is valued at more than NT$50 million (US$1.52 million).
In response to a report by the Chinese-language Apple Daily that cited a post on the Professional Technology Temple as saying that information for a painting up for auction titled Composizione con vaso di fiori — identified as being the work of 17th-century Italian painter Mario Nuzzi — looks nearly identical to the damaged painting, head of exhibition co-organizer TST Art of Discovery Co Sun Chi-hsuan (孫紀璿) said that the two paintings are different.
The estimated value of the painting as shown in Della Rocca Casa d’Aste’s catalog is 25,000 to 30,000 euros (US$28,725 to US$34,470).
Exhibition curator Andrea Rossi yesterday stood by the authenticity of the painting, saying that it had been mislabeled when it was put up for sale by an auction house a few years ago.
Rossi said that it was a 17th-century oil painting by Paolo Porpora, not Mario Nuzzi, as listed by an auction house in 2012.
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