Visitor tears Picasso’s ‘The Actor.’ How can the Met fix this masterpiece ?


Picasso's 'The Actor' was painted in the winter of 1904-'05 - and was damaged by a clumsy art lover 105 years later. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York

New York City – Art restorers at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will soon begin repairs to a prominent
Pablo Picasso painting damaged by a visitor last week in an unusual
A visitor
attending a class at the museum last Friday lost her balance and fell into the
canvas, creating a 6-inch tear in the lower right hand corner of “The Actor,” a
more than 6-foot tall painting depicting a pink-hued acrobat.

The painting was immediately taken to
the Met’s paintings conservation department, where masterpieces are brought for
cleaning, restoration, and in rare cases, repair, the museum said in a
statement. Some reports put the painting’s value at $130 million. Another
Picasso picture from 1905, “Garcon à la Pipe,” sold for $104.2 million at
Sotheby’s in 2004.