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  •  Congrats on Being Spotlighted! (5+ / 0-)

    Ahh. . .the Sistine Chapel.  Of course, everyone should see it before they die.

    I remember being in the Vatican Museum and taking the long walk down the tapestry hung halls with the windows overlooking the courtyard (where I ate my lunch) that you take to get to the Chapel.  But the anteroom before you enter the Chapel houses the most glorious of all the Vatican's masterpieces, I think.

    Raphael's fresco, The Academy is here.  He was responsible for designing the series of rooms that lead up to the Chapel.  Do you suppose he considered that commission to be a bone thrown to him compared to what the Church gave Michelangelo?

    Once inside the Chapel, Michelangelo, Perugino, and Botticelli all over the place!

    Standing there, I remember my Eureka moment when I recognized the difference in style between the 32-year old Michelangelo who painted the ceiling and the 60+ artist who filled the altar wall with The Last Judgment.  What unifies his work over the years is his apparent worship of the human body.

    Raphael was in his 20s when he worked on the Vatican; and was dead at 37.  I wonder how Michelangelo felt when the only artist that was his significant rival died so young?

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    by Limelite on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:17:42 AM PST

    •  The School of Athens (4+ / 0-)

      Such a secular painting full of heathens-- how did it find its way into the Vatican?  Was Raphael spitting in the pope's eye, feeling himself snubbed when it came to decorating the Sistine Chapel itself?  If so, what a magnificent revenge!

      For more about Scuola di Atene in the Stanze di Raffaello. . .

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      by Limelite on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:59:13 AM PST

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    •  I don't think Michelangelo would've admitted that (3+ / 0-)
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      Raphael was near his level - at least, not out loud. But they influenced each other. Michelangelo was proud and prickly; he managed to pick an unnecessary fight with Leonardo, who was the elder lion when he came along.

      I admire artists who keep learning and developing throughout their career. It's so healthy, that hunger and childlike wonder. It's enjoyable and illuminating, finding the arc of development, the differences and deepening in the artist's later work. It's my favorite thing about Dickens. Of course, you find it in most great artists. But in novelists, where there's so much to learn (besides mastering the craft, you're learning more of the world and human nature as you age), so many of them transcend their early work.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:13:06 AM PST

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