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Officials reject David fall risk

Rome, May 6 (AFP): Florence’s museums’ authority today played down the risk of Michelangelo’s 500-year-old David statue falling down because of fractures in its ankles.

“Even if there is an earthquake of 5.0 or 5.5 on the Richter scale, Florence will stay in one piece. And David would be the last to fall,” Marco Ferri, a spokesman for the authority, said.

A study by Italy’s National Research Council last week pointed to “a series of micro-fractures on the lower part of both legs” and said this “threatened its stability”.

The report said the weaknesses were likely linked to the period between when the statue was completed in 1504 and installed on the Piazza della Signoria and when it was moved to a museum for safekeeping in 1873. The statue was replaced on the square with a copy.

 
 
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