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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Michelangelo and sculpting


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Jacopino del Conte


Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) (known as Michelangelo) was an Italian artist best known for sculpting David (1504). Wikipedia says,


"His artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine, Leonardo da Vinci... He sculpted two of his best known works, the Pieta and David, before the age of thirty." (Wikipedia: Michelangelo, 8.4.21 UTC 23:54)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Michelangelo.




"The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has." (


"The greatest artist has no conception which a single block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image." (


"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (




"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." (


"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish." (


"I am still learning." (


"Faith in oneself is the best and safest course." (




"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection." (


"Every beauty which is seen here below by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come." (Veggio nel tuo bel viso, Signor mio)