Saturday, 20 November 2010

Venus and Mars

Should ancient Roman statues be restored? Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi thinks they should, and he ordered that this marble statue of Venus and Mars in the Chigi Palace in Rome should get the treatment at a cost of 70,000 euro thingies (don't ask). On the left you see the statue in the damaged condition in which it was found in 1918. On the right you see Venus and Mars with new hands and Mars sporting a chunky new penis. The newspapers are up in arms about it (title link for an example). I guess Berlusconi didn't think an emasculated Mars in his office did his image as a stud any favours.


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