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The show called “Sculpture in the Age of Donatello" opens tomorrow at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, and Donatello's "Saint John the Evangelist," from around 1412, is one of its treasures. (Many experts can't imagine why such a masterpiece has made the risky trip from Florence without any scholarly motive, but that's a story for another day – and that I happen to have already written).

This sculpture may be from the "age of Donatello," but when seen up on a plinth in a modern museum, it could be that it has really become modern art.

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The Italian government is to spend €200,000 (£160,000) on a new plinth to support Michelangelo’s statue of David after hundreds of earth tremors shook Florence and the surrounding region in recent days.

Dario Franceschini, the culture minister, said funds would be provided to build an anti-seismic platform beneath the 14ft statue in the Accademia Gallery.

Florence and other cities in Tuscany have been hit by more than 200 minor tremors in the past few days, with the highest of 3.8 and 4 magnitude recorded in Chianti, the wine-growing region.

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