The Observer: Behind the scenes: how Leonardo secrets could finally come to light.
“We are now working on Giambologna’s statue of The Rape of the Sabine Women and we need a way to get it monitored cheaply and regularly, so we can clean it before damage is done. But even then there are many questions. Perhaps we should put up a copy, as we have with Michelangelo’s David in the same piazza. But then people want to see the real thing.” I have no problem with exposing copies to weather and masses of people, while preserving the originals as may be necessary. As by Hippocrates, “Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.”