As life goes by my belief is in 600 years nothing will be left that will speak of my life. Things could change at any moment although it is more likely my quiet life will only have an impression on the people that are living today.
I mention this because the celebration for Michelangelo Buonarroti’s birthday is today March 6, 1475. My talents are severely limited in the creative methods Michelangelo used which were painting, architecture, poetry, and sculpture. I have a humble and grateful appreciation for the creativity given to some.
One sculpture in particular that Michelangelo released from marble was the Pieta. This particular work inspired me even as a small girl. My grand mom’s youngest sister had a book she gave me with the paintings and frescoes of the Sistine Chapel and his work of David and the Pieta were at the very end of the book.
My heart was moved from the very first time I saw this beautiful work. Was it possible this accomplished artist saw the masterpiece in his mind before he started his work, as he stood looking at a huge raw chunk of marble? Did he feel some of the passion a mother must have felt having witnessed her son put to death or was his love of anatomy and the passionate scene the inspiration for such touching work.
I am sure most everyone is aware the Pieta is a life size sculpture of Mary holding the lifeless body of her son Jesus. The sculpture is breathtaking, Michelangelo brought life to this piece of marble with the natural flow of Mary’s garments, a sorrowful expression is on the face of the young mother, Jesus body sculpted with anatomical precision is moving and beautiful. It can still bring tears to my eyes.
Happy Birthday Michelangelo thank you for sharing your gifts, your works are treasured.