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A tourist who damaged a sculpture by Antonio Canova in an Italian museum this weekend has been found thanks to personal data that visitors have to leave behind in connection with the corona virus. The 50-year-old Austrian had laid down on the statue of Paolina Borghese for a selfie. In doing so, he broke off two toes from the fragile work of art. Camera images show that he is leaving after he notices what he has done.
The Italian police first used the mandatory reservation system to find out the name of the woman who was with the man. It turned out to be his wife. The tourist has now announced the destruction and has offered to compensate the damage. The public prosecution service examines whether prosecution is being initiated.
The conscious image is a first plaster version of the famous Venus Victrix that is exhibited in Galleria Borghese in Rome.