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One of my favorites


woodcut20depicting20michelangelo-mI have three favorite artists—Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Klee. There are some others that take second place but these are my faves.

I have had the privilege of seeing a retrospective of Klee’s work at the Menil some years ago–there was a large group of art students there lounging about–and I really wanted to ask them to leave–they were chatting and texting and doing everything but looking at the artwork–.

Then there was the Caravaggio and friends in Fort Worth–just a few pieces of his–and none of my favorites but the museum was populated by serious connoisseurs–no-one was texting or chatting or just wandering aimlessly.

And Thursday I went to see Michelangelo and the Vatican. There were only two pieces–both cartoons; the rest were all copies of his work by others. Apparently he made cartoons or patterns for sale-cartoon20by20michelangelo20as20pattern20for20sale-mcupid20kissing20venus-m-and the one depicted was of Venus being kissed by Cupid–painted several times by other painters. There was the one cartoon of a Roman soldier in preparation for the painting of the martyrdom of St. Peter–pinpricked for copying onto the freshly plastered wall.

pope20paul20frances20ii20by20titian-mPope Paul Frances II by Titian

cardinal20to20become20pope20paul20frances20ii20by20raphael-mPope Paul Frances II as a cardinal before becoming Pope by Raphael

Although I like history and have learned various timelines–I did not realize that Martin Luther and his tenets, Pope Paul Frances II–an art afficionado, Michelangelo, and the Council of Trent were all contemporaneous. Martin Luther’s view of religion being for the common man may well have influenced Caravaggio’s less romantically idealized figures.

Tomorrow: Jodpur India

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  1. Guglielma Nulli #

    Cara Sylvia non sapevo che ti piacessero Michelangelo e Caravaggio,grandi pittori italiani. Anche a me piace Klee. Hai nominato il concilio di Trento, dove io ho vissuto fino a sei anni fa. Appena possibile ti invierò un’immagine della chiesa in cui si è tenuto il concilio. Se venissi in Italia mi piacerebbe molto conoscerti di persona. Ciao, un caro saluto, mina

    2018-05-27 18:54 GMT+02:00 Sylvia Weir Art :

    > sylviaweir posted: “I have three favorite artists—Michelangelo, > Caravaggio, and Klee. There are some others that take second place but > these are my faves. I have had the privilege of seeing a retrospective of > Klee’s work at the Menil some years ago–there was a large grou” >

    May 27, 2018
    • MIna, thank you so much–I would love to come to Italy sometime and would certainly enjoy meeting you. It was so odd thinking about how history is so inter-connected. We don’t have any travel plans at present time. Remodeling the farm-house occupies most of our time and money.

      May 27, 2018

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