The Italian Almanac


It happens in Italy - January 5th

Italian museum specialists might install a stream of gushing air around Michelangelo's David to protect the Renaissance masterpiece from dust tracked in by tourists.

A cleaning of the 500-year-old statue was completed in May, stripping away decades of grayish grime. Yet the glowing marble is constantly subjected to dirt from visitors' shoes and clothes.

The idea is to set a continuous gust of air to keep dust away, said Antonio Paolucci, in charge of museums in Florence, while another idea is to make visitors walk across special carpets and pass through an aerated corridor to blow dust off their clothes.