Tourist breaks finger off 600-year-old statue

2013-08-07 14:46
Rome - Most museums do not allow visitors to touch displayed artefacts or objects fearing for damages on the artwork. A simple rule must come into effect, to look but do not touch.

Huffington Post reports that an American tourist recently chopped off a finger of a statue at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Firenze, in Italy.

Reports suggest that Corriere Fiorentino, a 55 year–old Missouri man was measuring the right hand of the ancient artwork when he accidentally snapped the pinky limb off. However, a security officer manning the museum where the 600 year old piece is housed reacted swiftly but a moment too late.

Although the broken part was not part of the original work by Giovanni d’Ambrogio, a late 14th-century Florentine sculpture, museum officials were not impressed with the incident either.

According to the museum director, Timothy Verdon, the plaster finger was one of several restorations made to the Virgin Mary statue throughout the years.

“The plaster finger was one of several restorations made to the Virgin Mary statue throughout the years although experts are working to decide the extent of the damage,” Timothy Verdon, the museum director told the Italian media.

The American tourist apologized but he is expected to be financially responsible for the damages on the piece of art.

In another incident prior this one, a Chinese tourist ignited outrage after the teen defaced an Egyptian temple by engraving "Ding Jinhao was here" onto a wall.

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