On Friday two tourists visiting the northern Italian city of Cremona broke part of an 18th-century sculpture they were climbing to take a selfie. The artwork, known as the “Statue of the Two Hercules,” features two life-size sculptures of the half-god holding the city’s emblem, with a crown atop it.
Part of the crown fell and smashed in Friday’s incident, The Local reports. By Sunday Italian police had identified the perpetrators of the statue-smashing snafu, and today technicians were due to inspect the damaged elements.
Since 1962, the sculpture has been installed under the portico of La Loggia dei Militi in the center of Cremona. However, it originally stood atop one of the gates to the city and is considered a symbol of Cremona, which, as legend has it, was founded by Hercules.
It’s been a rough couple of years for Italian sculptures. In February Dutch soccer fans damaged a 17th-century fountain by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini during riots in Rome. In March 2014, a man broke the leg off a sculpture at Milan’s Academy of Fine Arts of Brera while climbing on it to pose for a selfie. And in the summer of 2013 a US tourist broke a finger off a sculpture by Giovanni d’Ambrogio at the Galleria dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.
In spite of the serious risks selfies apparently pose to sculptures, a project last year attempted to create photos that appear to have been taken by works of classical statuary.