Michelangelo’s David is one of the most famous sculptures in the world. He was commissioned by the city of Florence, and spent 3 years completing the masterpiece. The artist always worked in secrecy, never letting anyone see the work until it was finished.
Upon completion, Piero Soderini, the town “mayor” commented that he felt the nose was too big. “Not Italian enough.” Of course Michelangelo disagreed, but he had an idea. He climbed the scaffold with his hammer and chisel… and some marble dust. He held the chisel in the hand with the marble dust and proceeded to “fix” the nose. Striking the chisel, he let marble dust fall, never actually striking the nose at all. As the sculpture is so tall, Soderini did not see what was really going on.
“See, isn’t that better?” Soderini commented after the artist descended the scaffold. Michelangelo agreed.