Since its completion in 1504, Michelangelo's David has been hailed as an example of both bodily and sculptural perfection. This week, T Magazine’s Sam Anderson investigates the one, fatal flaw in Michelangelo’s masterpiece that could lead to its destruction. Meanwhile, Artnet spoke with ten major artists about their first big break; from Sean Scully’s first, fairytale exhibition to Shirin Neshat’s lucky run-in with a gallerist, learn how some of contemporary art’s biggest names got their start.

In case you missed last week’s edition of The Canvas, discover the myth and madness of Vincent van Gogh, Mexico's exciting new wine country and ten icons of Brutalist architecture here

 

The Dangerous Flaw in
Michelangelo’s David

Although the David has long been a symbol of youthful strength, a slight lean in the statue’s base has led to hairline fractures in both ankles of the towering marble figure. Now, the museum must decide how to protect Michelangelo’s masterpiece for future generations. (T Magazine)


A Design Lover’s Guide to Madrid 

With luxury hotels, incredible museums and abundant high-end shopping, Spain’s capital city has more than enough to offer travellers and design lovers alike. (Architectural Digest)


 



10 Influential Artists Recall
Their First Exhibitions 

Even though artists like Shirin Neshat and Jenny Holzer now enjoy blockbuster museum retrospectives and international acclaim, they had to start somewhere. Here, ten influential artists recall the circumstances of their first big break. (Artnet)



After 70 Years, North Korea's
Contemporary Art is Revealed

Since the founding of the DPRK in 1948, the contemporary artists working in North Korea have been isolated from the larger art world. A new exhibition at the American University Museum is exposing US audiences to chosonhwa paintings for first time. (Artsy)


The Rising Popularity of
Private Art Museums 

Rather than donating cherished works to crowded museums, prolific art collectors are establishing their own institutions. Take a look back at the longstanding tradition and history behind the increasingly popular trend toward private museums. (The National)


 

Tech Pioneers Chase the
Perfect Cabernet

In the lush vineyards of Napa, a group of visionary winemakers have sparked a technological revolution in the world of fine wine. Explore the tools and strategies these innovative vintners are using to take winemaking into the 21st century. (Salon)


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• See Tom Ford's $75 Million, Tadao Ando-Designed Ranch (Designboom)