Vittorio Sgarbi, the president of the Antonio Canova Foundation, wrote in a Facebook post that he has asked police for "clarity and rigor." He wrote that the man must not "remain unpunished and return to his homeland. The scarring of a Canova is unacceptable."
Coronavirus measures mean that all museum visitors must leave their personal information for eventual contact tracing in the event that an outbreak is tied to a museum visit. This is how the man was identified.
When police contacted a woman who signed in on behalf of herself and her husband, she burst into tears and admitted her husband was the toe breaker, according to a press release from Treviso Carabinieri.
The husband, who was also upset, then confessed and repented for the "stupid move," according to the release.
A court in Treviso is currently deciding whether to press charges.
It is not the first time a valuable piece of artwork has been damaged in an attempt to get a memorable picture.
In October 2018, a woman damaged two artworks, by Francisco Goya and Salvador Dali, after knocking them over while trying to take a selfie at a gallery in Yekaterinburg, Russia.