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How to do professional services, according to Michelangelo

I finished David Lough’s No More Champagne: Churchill and his Money. I’m not sure that anyone could call the former prime minister poor, but he did have a fairly loose attitude to cashflow management. Interesting book. I don’t envy the amount of research that went into writing it.

Found a good story while flicking through a mini table-top book about Michelangelo’s David, which suggests he may have been as good at professional services as he was at sculpture.

The first person to see the statue was the gonfalonier Pier Soderini and Vasari records the episode in a famous anecdote (1568). While impressed by the sight, the Florentine notable said to Buonarroti “that it seemed to him that the nose of the figure was too thick.” Michelangelo climbed up on the scaffolding, grabbed his chisel and a little marble dust from the planks, struck lightly with the tool and let the dust fall, leading Soderini, who could not actually see, to believe that he had, indeed modified the nose. Unknowing, but satisfied the gonfalonier said “You have given it life.”

Elena Capretti, Michelangelo (Giunti; 2006)
The nose in question.

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