Selfie taker destroys 18th century statue in Lisbon Museum

The broken statue (image credit: Facebook)
The broken statue (image credit: Facebook)

Yet another piece of priceless art has been wrecked by a hapless museum visitor.

At Lisbon’s National Museum of Ancient Art last weekend, an 18th century statue of Saint Michael was knocked over and smashed by a tourist who was trying to take a selfie.

According to the Daily Mail, in September, museum director Antonio Filipe Pimentel, told authorities the institution was under staffed. “There are only 64 people for 84 chambers open to public. I am very sure one day we will see hazards in the museum. It will happen because we’re playing with our heritage.” Pimentel said.

The damage done to the statue is thought to be irreversible.

The incident is reminiscent of the thoughtful — but botched — restoration of a fresco of Jesus Christ in a Spanish church by a parishioner, and of the $116,000 crossword art work that was not-so-helpfully completed by elderly German woman back in July. [Daily Mail]

Ecce Home, Before, After, and After the After (Image Credit | Flickr, cea+)
Ecce Home, Before, After, and After the After (Image Credit | Flickr, cea+)