“Pic of the Week”. April 18, 2014: Michelangelo’s “Other Pieta”

vatican Pieta

It being Good Friday, I thought it timely to share two of my favorite sculptures with you.  The photo above (which you can enlarge by click on the thumbnail below) is from St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, highlighting its beautiful Pieta.  This was carved by a then unknown young sculpture, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or as we know him, “Michelangelo”.  It is the only one of his sculptings he signed.  I think it’s the most amazing sculpture I’ve ever seen and the skill of this artist to breath life and emotion into the cold stone never ceases to amaze me.  But this was not his only work on this subject.  You’ll see another Pieta in the Duomo Museum in …

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La Dolce Vita (Part 4) Firenze (Florence)

La Dolce Vita 4) Firenze (Florence)

It’s hard to imagine a prettier setting for an historic city than the heart of Tuscany; that’s where you’ll find Florence, a grand old city, birthplace of the Renaissance and the modern world.  So great is the historic influence of Florence that many of its citizens believe the city can’t seem to escape the past to transition into the 21st century….but I’m not into such lofty concepts as I wander these cobble-stoned streets — the same streets that Donatello, Michelangelo, Galileo and da Vinci walked — I’m just visually transported to the fifteenth century as not much seems to have changed.  In my wandering and daydreaming I retain a sense of gratitude …

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