The Met’s process of restoring Picasso’s torn painting ‘The Actor’

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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 accident.

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.

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