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In A Spin

by | 16th, July 2003

‘WHEN Michelangelo crafted his 14ft high masterpiece, the statue of David, almost exactly 500 years ago, he omitted one very vital thing.

Another cold day in Florence

No, not a bigger willy, although it is true that David could use an extra few inches in that department.

He forgot to add a label with washing instructions for the statue and has consequently provoked a heated argument over whether the marble is dry clean only.

The statue, which hasn’t been cleaned since 1843, is now caked in grime and there are still traces of protective wax left over from his last bath (in hydrochloric acid).

And the Italian government wants it spruced up ready for its 500th birthday next year but how?

The Guardian explains that Franca Falletti, director of Florence’s Gallria dell’Accademia, believes that wet poultices are needed to suck the grime from the statue’s pores.

But restorer Agnese Parronchi is convinced that the dirt

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