August 23, 2015

On August 23, 2015, the $1.5 million 17th-century painting “Flowers” by Paolo Porpora was accidentally damage. The painting was being shown in an art exhibit in Taiwan when a 12 year-old boy tripped and put his hand through the painting. The video showed that it was an accident and the museum that put on the exhibit had insurance that covered the cost of the painting’s restoration and the loss in value to the owner. The curator, Andrea Rossi, refused to name the boy or his family and asked that the boy not be blamed, as it was truly an accident. Ms. Rossi is a decent and kind good soul, but good soul or not, if I had accidentally tripped and put my hand through that painting, my parents would have taken turns beating me with a shoe until they got $1.5 million worth out of my hide. And in 2015, I was 52 years-old.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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