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Media reports that doctor snapped finger off statue

Newspaper reports American arrested in front of family

Media reports that doctor snapped finger off statue

Florence, August 7 - The American tourist who broke a finger off a 500-year-old statue in a Florence museum this week is an emergency-room surgeon in Connecticut, a British newspaper reported Wednesday. The Daily Mail reported that Patrick Broderick, 56, of New Fairfield, Connecticut was arrested in front of his family after accidentally snapping the finger of a statue when he touched it. The newspaper quoted museum staff saying the man was apparently trying to measure his own hand against that of the statue of the Virgin Mary in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. The statue was part of a late 14th or 15th century marble sculptural group by Giovanni d'Ambrogio. A security officer apparently tried to stop Broderick from touching the art work but was too late. The man has apologized and according to the Daily Mail, he was later released from custody and will not face any penalties.

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