Italian police track down tourist who snapped off statue's toes taking sele

Aug 07, 2020 210

Three toes were damaged on the right foot of a plaster statue of a reclining Pauline Bonaparte, by Italian neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova, at the Gypsotheca Museum in Possagno, northern Italy, police said in a statement on Tuesday.

The plaster cast was the original for a nal marble version -- which portrays the sister of French Emperor Napoleon as Venus -- now housed in Rome's Galleria Borghese. Apparently hoping to imitate the pose captured in the plaster model, which was made in 1804, the tourist sprawled on top of it while his wife took a picture.

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SOURCE: https://www.thelocal.it/

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