October 28, 2005 |
To tourists in Florence, Italy, Michelangelo's marble sculpture of the lad who slew Goliath is a must-see attraction at the Galleria dell'Accademia. More than a million people visit it every year. To art historians, "David" is a seminal masterpiece -- the first of Michelangelo's surviving depictions of heroic male nudes that encapsulate physical power in breathtakingly beautiful form.
January 26, 2006 |
A work of art may be priceless -- but it was the price offered for a Michelangelo drawing that kept it from being sold at a Christie's auction this week. The Renaissance master's "Study of a Male Torso" was on the block at an estimated worth of $4 million. When the hammer came down, the highest bid was $3.2 million, not quite meeting the confidential reserve price, Christie's said.
May 11, 1989 |
Robert Snyder's "Michelagniolo: Self-Portrait" (the Westside Pavilion, and being advertised as "Michelangelo: Self-Portrait"), which had a special County Museum of Art screening last December, is even more enthralling the second time around. There's such an abundance of soaring words and images in this eloquent 85-minute documentary that they could be studied and absorbed for a lifetime. After all, Michelangelo, who signed himself Michelagniolo, a Tuscan variation of his name, is a giant of Western civilization, and Snyder and his astute cinematographer Umberto Galeassi provide us with unique, comprehensive perspectives on such works of sculpture as the Pieta, Moses, David, and the Medici tomb in Florence, such monumental frescoes as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel--photographed, incidentally, before the controversial restoration was begun--and that of the Last Judgment over the altar in the same chapel, as well as such majestic structures as the Capitoline overlooking Rome and St. Peter's itself.
March 21, 2006 |
A new exhibition in London gives audiences a chance to see the creative process behind such Renaissance masterpieces as the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and the interior of the Medici Chapel in Florence. Michelangelo would not have approved. The British Museum is billing "Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master" as a show of "works that Michelangelo, the perfectionist, wouldn't have wanted anyone to see."
September 20, 1987 |
While in Los Angeles, Pope John Paul II met with the high priests of the news and entertainment business. He told them that they can be a "force for great good or great evil" and that they "are the stewards and administrators of an immense spiritual power." The Holy Father now has an opportunity to demonstrate his own stewardship on an urgent matter right under the Vatican's roof.
November 30, 2002 |
Britain has slapped a temporary export ban on a rare early pen-and-ink study by Michelangelo to give time for efforts to raise the $11.7 million needed to buy it for the nation. "Study of a Mourning Woman," one of only five examples of Michelangelo's early work, of which only two are in private hands, was sold at auction in mid-2001 for $9.1 million to a London dealer.
November 18, 2009 |
A series of four books presented Tuesday at the Vatican seeks to explain how Michelangelo and other artists translated the Bible into images to produce in the Sistine Chapel some of the world's most renowned frescoes. The first volume focuses on Michelangelo's ceiling and its scenes from the book of Genesis and the creation of the world. Vatican Museums director Antonio Paolucci said the volume offers a "basic code" to understand the symbols and scenes that adorn the room where popes are elected.
December 28, 2012 |
Tourists visiting the Sistine Chapel next Christmas can expect a slightly different experience than in years or centuries past, one that just might send chills up their spine. On their way in to see Michelangelo's masterpiece, visitors will step into an area with stronger air conditioning and a new vaccum-cleaning system that sucks up dust from their clothes. Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, told Lauretta Colonnelli of the Corriere della Sera newspaper that he plans to renovate existing climate controls and install the new cleaning system by the end of 2013.
November 2, 2012 |
On Wednesday the Vatican celebrated the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's completion of the ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, an epic extravaganza of painting that the artist, who considered himself a sculptor first, undertook only grudgingly in 1508. Pope Benedict XVI marked the occasion with the celebration of Vespers, replicating the event on the eve of All Saints' Day in which Pope Julius II first unveiled the masterwork. Michelangelo wouldn't begin the end wall's powerful exegesis on "The Last Judgment" for another 24 years.