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Broken Toe of Michelangelo’s David Repaired

October 23, 1991

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) _ Art restorers wearing white gowns and rubber gloves performed ″surgery″ Wednesday on Michelangelo’s monumental statue of David, repairing damage caused when a hammer-wielding man attacked it last month.

The second toe of the 487-year-old statue’s left foot was broken Sept. 14 when Pietro Cannata, a 47-year-old painter, hit it once before being subdued by guards at the Accademia Museum. He was charged with damaging Italy’s cultural heritage and taken away for psychiatric tests.

Museum deputy director Franca Falletti said the toe, made up of a combination of fragments and dust of the original marble and plaster, was glued onto the 13 1/2 -foot-tall statue before the museum opened for visitors.

Two security guards have been assigned to protect the statue until a low glass barrier is built on its pedestal, Ms. Falletti said. The barrier will not block the view, she said.