US tourist charged after throwing and breaking two ancient Roman sculptures at Vatican Museum

A tourist from the United States was arrested in Rome for throwing and breaking two ancient Roman sculptures on display in one of the Vatican Museums, police said on Thursday.

The incident happened on Wednesday at the Chiaramonte Museum. The tourist, a 65-year-old man, appeared “mentally ill” during his detention. According to Italian authorities, he was charged with serious damage to property and released.

“He smashed the two busts down one after the other,” Matteo Alessandrini, director of the Vatican Museums Press Office, told the Washington Post.

The sculptures showed two heads from the ancient city of Rome. One is from an older man and the other is from a younger man.

“The busts were nailed to shelves, but if you force them down they will come loose. He ripped off one and then the other and the guards immediately came and stopped him and handed him over to the Vatican police who brought him in for questioning,” Alessandrini told CNN.

“The 2 busts were damaged, but not particularly badly. One lost part of a nose and an ear, the other’s head fell off the pedestal,” he added.

The fragments of the sculptures were taken to the museum’s restoration laboratory and are being reassembled by technicians. Alessandrini said it would take an estimated 300 hours to repair the damage.

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