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By Pam Burke 

View from the North 40: Pauline and the strange and perfect beauty in imperfection


August 7, 2020

An Austrian tourist in Italy is facing the ire of museum officials and possible charges after damaging a 200-year-old plaster sculpture while taking a selfie with it at the Gipsoteca Museum in Possagno, Italy.

The unnamed culprit broke two toes off the Venus Victrix statue by Italian sculptor Antonio Canova. The Venus in this statue is actually Pauline Bonaparte, a sister to Napoleon Bonaparte. In her lifetime spanning from 1780 to 1825, Pauline was a celebrated beauty, which helps explain why the statue that is supposed to be the three-dimensional depiction of her is, instead, named after...

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