Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sculpture as Weapon?
Il Duomo di Milano as exhibit A (photo from Destination 360.)
Only in Italy can a famous building figure into an assault trial. The survivor also proclaimed it a "miracles".
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was attacked and wounded by a man wielding a statuette of the Milan cathedral. Berlusconi, 73, suffered a fractured nose, two broken teeth and a cut lip. The attacker, Massimo Tartaglia, 42, has a history of mental illness and was arrested.
Berlusconi was in hospital overnight for observation. "I'm fine, I'm fine." He considers it "a miracle" that his eyes were spared. News reports say the statuette was made of heavy ceramic or metal.