The future is sometimes the past.
Yes, and the only new thing is the history you don't know.
I've read rather a lot about that ceiling, and the Pope, and old Mike. I've also painted trompe l'oeil a few times on ceilings. Almost all the themes are familiar to me from a parochial school education. Those are small things, but help with giving me a sense of perspective (sorry) about that room.That is the most physically and mentally demanding thing ever attempted by any artist that I've ever seen.
I never thought of it that way - physically demanding. I agree.I watched Chuck Heston as Michelangelo this year. It is well worth the watch. Especially when Rex Harrison as the warrior pope is approving the plan, and cannon balls are rolling by in the middle of a battle.
This is simply extraordinary. I've seen so many "snippets" of the Chapel, but as always, seeing them in context is a different experience.This is a link to be passed about.
Hi Shoreacres- Thanks for reading and commenting.Architecture is a difficult thing to depict in two dimensions. You basically have to walk through a room -- to stand in it anyway -- to gain a true sense of what it's like. This sort of interactive depiction really helps in this regard. One of the most interesting things about the work for me is how dreadful that building is (or more precisely, was). It's a barbaric crummy cave of a room. Then Michelangelo painted it, and made it sublime. He made a wedding cake out of a turd.
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