The Easel

David’s Ankles: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue

A love letter to the sculpture that defines Florence. Michelangelo, “a savant of marble” had to work with an imperfect block of stone. As a result, the figure is slightly off balance and now has structurally weak ankles. “Destruction happens in any number of ways, for any number of reasons, at any number of speeds – and it will happen and no amount of reverence will stop it”.