Picasso Recovers from ‘Traumatic Event’

Picasso’s The Actor, which a clumsy Met-goer tore back in January, has been repaired and is back on display at the Museum.

Its three months of convalescence involved whimsical remedies such as rabbit-skin glue and silk sandbags. Now it is healed, but for the emotional scars.

“This was a traumatic event in the life of these materials,” conservator Lucy Belloli told The Times: Canvases, like people, “have a memory.” Picasso Recovers from ‘Traumatic Event’