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Wed Aug 7, 2013, 03:10 PM

American Tourist Snaps Finger Off 600-Year-Old Statue in Florence Museum

Hoping to overcome the stereotype of the obnoxious, ignorant American abroad? An unidentified U.S. tourist who snapped a finger off a 600-year-old statue in an Italian museum hasn’t helped the cause.

No, the tourist wasn’t drunk, being belligerent, in a brawl, dangling from the statue wearing nothing but his skivvies or whatever other wild imagery your brain might conjure: The reportedly 55-year-old Missouri native was simply trying to measure the statue’s pinky finger, holding his own hand up to the statue’s outstretched one. But the museum — like most museums that harbor centuries-old works of art — has a no-touching rule that the tourist allegedly flouted, leading to the tragic act of digital disfigurement.

“In a globalized world like ours, the fundamental rules for visiting a museum have been forgotten, that is, ‘Do not touch the works’,” said museum head Timothy Verdon, via the NY Daily News, which reports that the tourist has since apologized and has been described as ”very disappointed.”

The statue, dubbed “Annunciazione” and located in Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (“Museum of the Works of the Cathedral”), is of the Virgin Mary, by 15th century Florentine sculptor Giovanni d’Ambrogio. Apparently the pinky finger wasn’t original to the statue, having been made of plaster and added at a later point: The finger didn’t snap off entirely at the time the act occurred, and restorers were able to remove it before it fell to the ground; they’ll now work to reunite the statue with its missing digit.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/08/07/american-tourist-snaps-finger-off-600-year-old-statue-in-florence-museum/#ixzz2bJMf8gWq

My comment? In the name of all that's holy, keep Anthony Weiner and his smart phone away from Michelangelo's David, Praxiteles' Hermes and the infant Dionysus, Donatello's Bronze David or Rodin's The Vanquished.

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Reply American Tourist Snaps Finger Off 600-Year-Old Statue in Florence Museum (Original post)
Divernan Aug 2013 OP
MrScorpio Aug 2013 #1
JustFiveMoreMinutes Aug 2013 #2
bravenak Aug 2013 #3
denverbill Aug 2013 #4
NightWatcher Aug 2013 #5

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Wed Aug 7, 2013, 03:14 PM

1. Ugly Americans: The gift that keeps on giving nt

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Wed Aug 7, 2013, 03:16 PM

2. Gorilla Glue. n/t.

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Response to Divernan (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 03:35 PM

3. Stop touching stuff.

Please.

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Response to Divernan (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 03:42 PM

4. Well, I doubt it was an American who busted the original finger anyway.

So we are probably even with the Italians on that score.

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Wed Aug 7, 2013, 03:55 PM

5. Don't touch means don't touch (except for me, I'm special. I'm only gonna...)

People think they are special or the rules don't apply to them. They made that rule especially for the person who broke it.

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