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Picasso's "The Actor" Painting Damaged by Art Student During Metropolitan Museum Trip

(Metropolitan Museum of Art)
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Conan O'Brien may have pretended to ruin a Picasso painting in his comedy bit Friday, but a New York museum visitor actually did.

"The Actor," a notable painting by Pablo Picasso, will undergo repairs after a visitor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art accidentally lost her balance and struck it.

The museum said Sunday the accident caused a vertical tear of about 6 inches in the lower right-hand corner of "The Actor," painted by the artist during the winter of 1904-1905.

The museum says the damage didn't affect the "focal point of the composition."

Curatorial and conservation staff assessed the painting's condition following Friday's accident when a visitor attending a class struck the artwork in one of the museum's galleries.

The nearly 6-by-4-foot canvas depicts an acrobat posed dramatically against an abstracted backdrop.

The museum has about 250 works by Picasso in its collection.

The painting will be displayed, as planned, in the forthcoming exhibition "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art" that will be on view from April 27 through Aug. 1, according to a press release.

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