Over a selfie? Iconic statue's leg broken

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  • Academy staff find statue's leg on the ground
  • Security cams record a person attempting selfie
Over a selfie? Iconic statue's leg broken

Selfies are all the rage, sure, but it looks like one person at a Milan, Italy, academy might have taken their Instagram habit a step too far.

Tuesday morning, staff of the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera discovered the leg of an iconic, on-campus statue broken off and laying on the ground, according to Time magazine. While there are no photos of the person (or persons) responsible for the statue's disfigurement, the academy's security cameras did manage to capture some video footage of someone trying to sit on the statue's knee and pose with a camera. The apparent male's identity has not been released, but he is believed to be a foreign student.

Several media outlets reached out to academy officials, but they could not be reached for further comment.

The statue, called "Barberini Faun," or Drunken Satyr, is a 19th century piece from the Greco-Roman era. Or a clone of one, anyway. The statue that the student allegedly sat on is a copy of the original. While the statue's creator is unknown, there are many replicas of it throughout the world. The original resides in Munich, Germany, at the Glyptothek museum.

Read more: The world is re-creating Ellen's Oscar selfie!

And incidentally, if you really want to take selfies with statues, but would prefer not to break them, there's a Tumblr for that.

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