Berninini’s “Elephant and Obelisk” / unknown instrument  In November 2016, this 17th-century landmark was damaged by unidentified vandals while on permanent view in Rome’s Piazza della Minerva. One of the figure’s tusks was broken off and was found laying next to the statue by Spanish tourists who proceeded to alert authorities.  The event happened overnight, leaving police police to scour CC-TV footage in an attempt to identify and locate the perpetrators.  According to Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, “A first estimate of the damage suggests that it will be a few days before we try and reattach the fragment and return the statue to its former glory.”

Berninini’s “Elephant and Obelisk” / unknown instrument

In November 2016, this 17th-century landmark was damaged by unidentified vandals while on permanent view in Rome’s Piazza della Minerva. One of the figure’s tusks was broken off and was found laying next to the statue by Spanish tourists who proceeded to alert authorities.

The event happened overnight, leaving police police to scour CC-TV footage in an attempt to identify and locate the perpetrators.

According to Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, “A first estimate of the damage suggests that it will be a few days before we try and reattach the fragment and return the statue to its former glory.”

Christopher Schreck