David’s Weak Ankles
As anyone over 50 can tell you, time and circumstances take their toll on every body.
Even Michelangelo’s David, the epitome of the perfect male physique, is suffering from weak ankles.
Scientists at the National Research Council and Florence University ran tests and have found fractures in both the carved tree stump and left ankle of the great statue.
The causes? There are several, from the statue being exposed to the elements for 350 years when it stood in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria to vibrations from traffic and tourists to poor quality marble.
It is feared that the statue could topple over from an earthquake or any excessive vibrations.
Suggestions have been made to move it to an earthquake-proof underground room or to move it outside the city center where it would be exposed to less traffic from both vehicles and humans.
David stands 17 feet high and weighs over the 5 tons.
Unveiled in 1504 in the Piazza della Signoria, it was commissioned by the rulers of the Florentine Republic to signify military and commercial strength and to ward off the giant neighboring states.
According to the Bible David killed the Philistine giant Goliath with a slingshot to the forehead