Yale Alum Scolds Connecticut Man Who Broke 14th Century Statue in Florence

Photo by Sailko

Photo by Sailko

It takes a special kind of person to damage a centuries-old statue in a celebrated European museum. ABC News has reported that a Connecticut man is responsible for busting the little finger off the right hand of a 14th century statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue sits in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, in Florence.

Somewhat fortunately, the digit in question was not original to the statue, which is attributed to Giovanni d’Ambrogio.

Monsignor Timothy Verdon, an American who studied art history at Yale University and runs the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, was quoted in the ABC News story as saying, “In a globalized world like ours, the fundamental rules for visiting a museum have been forgotten, that is: Do not touch the works.”

David Brensilver


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