The Austrian had fought off the fingers of plaster models of the XIX century when taking a selfie

Austrian tourist while shooting a selfie at an Italian Museum beat off the toes from the original plaster model of the famous sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte by Italian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822), told the art critic Vittorio Sgarbi.

The incident occurred in the Italian Possagno Museum, which houses a collection of plaster models of works by Canova. As reported in Facebook the Museum, a tourist from Austria sat down on the sculpture and thus broke her two fingers of feet, then hurriedly left the establishment, about anything, without telling anyone.

About the damage to the sculptures became known only later, when the Austrian Museum was gone. It is noted that video footage, which captured the incident, handed over to the carabinieri. According to Austrian publication Kronen Zeitung, the fingers of the sculpture, captured in the attempt of Austria to take a selfie, managed to find the Museum already in the process of restoration.

Italian art critic Sgarbi called the incident a "horrible episode", which occurred after the opening of the museums after the decline of the epidemic of the coronavirus.

"I demand from law enforcement and judicial clarity and rigor in search of a reckless vandal, he did not return home unpunished. Izurodovannye (work) Canova is unacceptable," said Sgarbi, whose words are reported in Facebook the art critic.

As noted on the website of the Museum of Canova in Possagno, the birthplace of the famous Italian, the Museum contains the original plaster model of the sculpture, discovered in the sculptor's Studio after his death.

Outstanding Italian sculptor Antonio Canova is a bright representative of Italian Neoclassicism, it is one of the most important Italian sculptors of his time. Just the marble sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte, average and most beloved sister of the French Emperor Napoleon I, brought Canova is best known. Sculpture depicting Pauline Bonaparte in the guise of Venus the victorious, is located in the Borghese gallery in Rome.