Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Tourist takes finger from Florence statue


Florence, March 29 - Florence cultural authorities
on Friday moved to repair Pio Fedi's Rape of Polyxena in the
Loggia dei Lanzi in the central Piazza della Signoria following
the removal of a finger in the latest act of vandalism against
the statue.
Alberto Casciani was called in to repair the statue after
an English-speaking female tourist broke off the left index
finger before being stopped by local municipal police.
The same restorer was summoned to reattach the same finger
following a similar episode of vandalism in October 2012.
''All the fingers of the left hand are integrations, made
necessary by repeated removals and acts of vandalism,'' the
Florence cultural authorities said in a statement.
The 1865 statue depicting Achilles and Hector's sister
during the Trojan War is sometimes confused with the nearby Rape
of the Sabine Women (1579-1583), considered Renaissance sculptor
Giambologna's masterpiece.

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