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Tourist snaps the toes of a 200-year-old statue in the Italian museum

Tourist snaps the toes of a 200-year-old statue in the Italian museum while lying on it to take a selfie

  • The tourist leaned on the artwork ‘Paolina Borghese Bonaparte as Venus Victrix’
  • He accidentally broke off three of the toes of the 200-year-old sculpture
  • Police say they have identified the man as a 50-year-old Austrian tourist

A tourist damaged a 19th-century plaster model by sculptor Antonio Canova while taking a selfie.

The tourist, who was revealed as a 50-year-old man from Austria, leaned on the artwork ‘Paolina Borghese Bonaparte as Venus Victrix’ while posing for a photo.

He accidentally broke off three of the statue’s toes on July 31 at the Gypsotheca Antonio Canova Museum in Possagno, Italy.

The man’s name has not yet been released.

A tourist who damaged a 19th-century plaster model by sculptor Antonio Canova has been identified by the Italian police

A tourist who damaged a 19th-century plaster model by sculptor Antonio Canova has been identified by the Italian police

CCTV footage shows the man jumping on the base of the 200-year-old statue to take the photo, breaking off his toes

CCTV footage shows the man jumping on the base of the 200-year-old statue to take the photo, breaking off his toes

CCTV footage shows the man jumping on the base of the 200-year-old statue to take the photo, breaking off his toes

CCTV footage shows the man jumping on the base of the 200-year-old statue to take the photo, breaking off his toes.

To talk with CNNpolice said the man was part of a group of Austrian tourists.

They said the incident happened when the man broke away from his friends to take a selfie while “ sprawled across the image. ”

According to researchers, there could be even more damage to the base of the image yet to be discovered.

The man was reportedly identified through personal contact information left in the museum as part of new visitor tracking requirements amid the corona virus.

Antonio Canova's marble sculpture 'Paolina Borghese Bonaparte as Venus Victrix' in the Galleria Borghese museum prior to the incident in May this year

Antonio Canova's marble sculpture 'Paolina Borghese Bonaparte as Venus Victrix' in the Galleria Borghese museum prior to the incident in May this year

Antonio Canova’s marble sculpture ‘Paolina Borghese Bonaparte as Venus Victrix’ in the Galleria Borghese museum prior to the incident in May this year

According to a press release by Treviso Carabinieri, the man confessed to the ‘stupid move’ when contacting the police.

Antonio Canova was an Italian neoclassical sculptor who lived from 1757 to 1822 and was known for his marble statues.

His ‘Paolina Borghese Bonaparte as Venus Victrix’ is a marble sculpture from 1805-1808.

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