Sunday, May 4, 2008

There is a lot of hoopla lately over a new book, The Sistine Secrets by Blech & Doliner, regarding Michelangelo's secret messages in his Sistine Chapel frescoes. I doubt that comes as any surprise to those of us who majored in Fine Arts and studied a lot of art history. I recall my German art history professer spending a great amount of time explaining all the ways in which Michelangelo made his true beliefs known in his painting and sculptures. According to her, the very talented, intelligent, and devout Catholic hated the Pope AND the Medici's. His subtle messages against them appear in much of his work. It was like a great joke he was playing on his patrons, and I wonder if he laughed at them behind their backs. It is just another example of a famous master artist of the world who operated far in advance of the populace and his/her time.
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