Tourist snaps toes off statue while posing for photo

  • Tourist snaps toes off statue while posing for photo

Tourist snaps toes off statue while posing for photo

"An Austrian tourist sat on the sculpture of Paolina Bonaparte causing two toes to break, then quickly moving away from the museum, without denouncing the fact."

The damaged statue is the original plaster cast model from which Canova carved a marble statue that is housed in the Borghese Gallery in Rome.

Italian police reported that a tourist broke the toes off a 19th-century statue while snapping a pic with the artwork. Three toes were damaged, police said.

The embarrassing incident happened on July 31, but police told CNN that they soon tracked down the party of Austrian tourists with which the vandal had visited the museum.

According to the press release, security managers of the museum contacted the police after noticing the damaged statue and in the investigation, the authorities came across video surveillance footage that captured the event.

Paolina Bonaparte was the first sovereign duchess of Guastalla in Italy.

"′I would like to self-sue myself, after today I read about the incident in the Austrian newspapers and it was immediately clear to me that I had to get in touch", the tourist's letter reportedly said according to the museum.

The Facebook post also said that the museum staff is working on various phases to restore the historic artwork. And according to Britannica it was here in Possagno that Antonio's paternal grandfather, Pasino Canova, taught him in the art of sculpting.

In 2016, a tourist was charged to face court in Portugal after he accidentally destroyed a 126-year-old statue of former Portuguese king Dom Sebastiao outside a Lisbon train station.

Footage showed the child trip on his feet and stumble into the 350-year-old oil-on-canvas painting, Flowers, by Italian master painter Paolo Porpora, which required expensive restoration.

Although Paolina lost her toes, investigators warned that there could be more damage to the statue than the obvious cosmetic wounds.