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Florence's statues rot from pollution

Published on October 22, 2007 2:17 PM | Comments

The Telegraph is reporting that Giambologna's Rape of The Sabines may need to be placed indoors sooner rather than later if it is to be saved.

This is an ongoing question here in Florence and I am sure around the world where outdoor art is in danger. Personally I see no problem with copies - this sculpture, as well as the Perseus, both in the Loggia, are semi-exposed to the elements 24/7. They are not going to last forever where they are, and would make magnificent additions to the under visited Bargello museum. Also, the idiots who insist on leaning against them for photo ops and touching them, etc. wouldn't be ruining them. Housed in a museum, they may last another 500 years.

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