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Statue of the two Hercules

The scourge of the selfie has struck again: a pair of tourists accidentally broke an Italian sculpture while taking a photo with it, knocking off a portion of the statue’s crown, which shattered on the ground.

The incident took place in the northern Italian city of Cremona, and involved Statue of the Two Hercules (circa 1700), a marble statue of the city’s coat of arms held by two figures of Hercules. The sculpture is considered a symbol of the city, as the demigod is said to have founded Cremona. The piece was originally displayed above the city gates (demolished in 1910), but since 1962 has been located under the portico of Loggie dei Militi, a historic 1292 building that formerly housed city militia.

The never-ending quest for the perfect selfie is, as we know, not without consequences, or embarrassment. In Cremona, the two perpetrators have reportedly been identified by the police, though it is not clear if authorities intend to press charges.

Experts are reportedly being brought in today to access the damage and determine whether or not the piece can be repaired.



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