Champagne cork 1, 17th C. Painting 0 ____________ City Counselor confesses – after days – to being responsible for poking hole in painting

Roberto-Cassago-Isimbardi-Champagne

Last December, 19th, during a Holiday party, a painting in Milan’s Palazzo Isimbardi, seat of the region’s City Hall offices, was damaged by a poory aimed Champagne cork. The painting was “fixed” with scotch tape, and hung undisturbed. After days Roberto Cassago, the Lombardy region’s human resources director, confessed to being responsible. Well, maybe responsible… he has stated: “I am not 100% sure, but I think that indeed the bottle was mine. We have insurance, but in case they won’t cover the repair costs, I’ll cover them myself.”

The photo is from Lettera Donna, from a webpage linked here.

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2 thoughts on “Champagne cork 1, 17th C. Painting 0 ____________ City Counselor confesses – after days – to being responsible for poking hole in painting

  1. Very sad, but if a painting is to be damaged an errant Champagne cork is probably the most acceptable of excuses. Art is after all…. Life! (Far better than imprisoning great paintings behind glass – or worse, installing fakes while the real thing is locked away in a vault.)

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