#3. Two of his most famous works have been victims of vandalism
In 1972, a mentally unstable geologist named Laszlo Toth hopped a guardrail at St. Peter’s Basilica and took a hammer to Michelangelo’s “Pieta.” The attack broke off the Madonna’s nose and forearm as well as part of her eyelid and veil. Restoration crews later recovered dozens of bits of marble from the priceless statue. It took 10 months of repair before the “Pieta” was finally put on display again—this time behind a layer of protective glass. A similar fate later befell the “David” in 1991, when a chisel-wielding vandal hammered off part of a toe on its left foot.