I’ve always had a thing for heroes. Superman. Astronauts. Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones. Characters that were larger than life and took on the world. It’s why I’m drawn to the band Kiss and still love to see all the movies about superheroes. My artistic hero is Michelangelo. I’m rereading The Agony & The Ecstasy for about the 15th time. I find it incredibly inspiring. It also reminds me when I studied in Italy while in college… that’s where I first read it.
Michelangelo’s works were larger than life; heroic, though he was himself a small man. He was the quintessential artist; temperamental, passionate, creative in many fields. At the time of his death he was the architect of Rome; finishing the building of St. Peter’s Basilica. Rome today owes much to Michelangelo as he redesigned plazas and buildings to his vision. Days before his death, just short of 90, he had been sculpting marble… his one true love. He was world renowned and a millionaire. He worked for 10 Popes. 10 POPES! It was said that those in the running wanted to become Pope so he could have Michelangelo work for him!
They made a movie of The Agony & The Ecstasy. It’s not bad. Charlton Heston played the Master. Done in 1965 the film focuses on the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which has been referred to as “the greatest single achievement in the history of western man.” The film resembles many from that era; grand, dramatic, bold. Perfect for the subject.
So Michelangelo continues to inspire me as I work, he is one of my many heroes. Hope your heroes are inspiring you today.