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A Tourist Destroyed An 18th Century Sculpture While Tying To Take A Selfie

Lisbon’s National Museum of Ancient Art (NMAA) is reminding tourists to be careful after a tourist toppled an 18th century, Portuguese sculpture while posing for a photo with it. 

The sculpture of archangel Saint Michael was badly damaged after a Brazilian tourist tripped and backed into the gallery’s tall centerpiece. Another visitor, Nuno Miguel Rodriges, shared the aftermath with Portuguese newspaper Público.

Here's what it looked like before, just for reference.

Foto tirada por mim com cuidado!

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“There were guards in the room at the time it happened," Rodriges told Público. "Everyone was incredulous at what had happened and there was a great silence.”

The museum posted a statement on Facebook saying that the sculpture will undergo examination by its conservation team, to see if it can be saved. 

But NMAA’s deputy director José Alberto Seabra Carvalho told Diário de Notícias that the situation “is deplorable. The statue is very affected in the wings, in one arm and mantle. The damage is severe but reversible."

He added that the museum consider installing a different plinth to display the work when it eventually returns to the gallery.