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December 21, 1985 |
Thanks to a discovery by an Orange Coast College art professor, California has a connection to Michelangelo. Victor Gabriel Casados, art department chairman at the community college in Costa Mesa, solved a 450-year riddle about a squiggle on a Michelangelo drawing last summer in London. That discovery was formally acknowledged in November by the British Museum in London, which has the original drawing. "I wasn't looking at it to solve a puzzle," Casados said Friday.
February 25, 1985 |
The agony of Michelangelo lying painfully on a rickety scaffolding 65 feet above the marble floor to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel has been celebrated for generations by poets, novelists and, more recently, the actor Charlton Heston. And the murky gray of the great artist's complex masterpiece led art scholars for at least two centuries to describe Michelangelo as a sculptor with a low regard for color. So much for poets, novelists and scholars--and Charlton Heston.
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.
May 4, 2004 |
Clambering down the scaffolding along the backside of Michelangelo's "David," a visitor can see the flaws up close: the purplish blemish, the yellowish stain, the small cracks. "David's" perfect buttocks, it seems, are less so than once thought. The icon of Renaissance male beauty has just had his first bath in 130 years, a meticulous, yearlong endeavor that stirred the age-old debate over how -- and whether -- to restore classic works of art.
December 3, 2002 |
Michelangelo, who painted the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and designed the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, passed himself off as poor but was actually too miserly to show his huge wealth, a U.S. art historian says. "He was a funny sort of man, somewhat paranoid and somewhat dishonest, who didn't want it to be known he was fabulously rich," Rab Hatfield, a professor at the Florence branch of Syracuse University, said in an interview Monday.
June 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Is Albrecht Dürer's "The Great Piece of Turf" (1503) the greatest European drawing ever made? A definitive answer would require comparison with pretty heady competition over many centuries. But there's no question that the astounding Dürer is right up there near the top. Some of that competition even comes from the artist himself. At the National Gallery of Art, "The Great Piece of Turf" is installed in a stunning show of 118 Dürer works on paper from the incomparable collection of the Albertina in Vienna.
March 1, 2012 |
The interactive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle thrill ride debuting at Minnesota's Nickelodeon Universe will send riders spinning through the air like high-flying martial artists. PHOTOS: TMNT Shell Shock ride at Nickelodeon Universe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell Shock, a first of its kind ride in the U.S., is scheduled to open on March 17 at the indoor amusement park inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. The Gerstlauer Sky Fly tower will lift riders 70 feet in the air aboard single-seat gondolas at the end of a cantilevered arm rotating around a central tower at 25 mph. Riders will control the pitch of the gondola's wings with their hands -- choosing to simply sit and spin, gently teeter-totter like a see-saw or wildly rotate like a plane propeller.
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.
February 18, 2007 |
A 450-year-old receipt has provided proof that Michelangelo kept a private room in St. Peter's Basilica while working as the pope's chief architect, Vatican experts said. While going through archives for an exhibit on the basilica's 500th anniversary last year, researchers came across an entry for a key to a chest "in the room in St. Peter's where Master Michelangelo retires."