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Michelangelo: The Tom Of Finland Of The Renaissance [Mar. 13th, 2013|09:49 am]
Tony Grist
Ugly building, the Sistine Chapel; really just a shoe box with paintings on the inside. As for Michelangelo, was there ever an artist who got so far on so little? He couldn't do landscape, he wasn't interested in light or texture, he had no grasp of perspective. All he was good at was bodies- and, when it comes down to it, only one kind of body- male, fit and bulging with muscles. Even his (very few) women have muscles. Even God does. Look at the Creation of Adam again with eyes unprejudiced by art history. What do you see? Two Schwarzeneggers touching fingertips.

Michelangelo exposes what was really going on in the Counter-Reformation. These paintings aren't calm assertions of an historic faith. They've been spooked by Luther. They flail, they flaunt, they over-assert, they panic. My God has a bigger dick than yours. Also they're in denial. It never ceases to amuse me that a Church that stigmatizes same-sex relationships should elect its supreme leader in a room full of eroticized male nudes.
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From: artkouros
2013-03-13 11:48 am (UTC)
What I like about the Adam and God painting is that the fingers seem poised to deliver a spark - long before we made any connection between electricity and life.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-13 01:43 pm (UTC)
Great painting...... but silly :)
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From: cmcmck
2013-03-13 01:15 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they have the same eroticised male nudes in the private suite the Vatican apparently owns on one of Rome's gay clubs?

All this Baroque and rollery helps to remind me how much I love mediaeval art and the Romanesque!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-13 01:46 pm (UTC)
Me too. Medieval art has a "spirituality" that is largely absent from the Renaissance and the Baroque. St Peter's in Rome is a very worldly building- all that ungiving marble, all that gold leaf.
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From: cmcmck
2013-03-13 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'd far sooner spend several hours in the Palazzo Publico in Siena with the Lorenzetti's cycle of good and bad government.

It just never palls!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-13 04:53 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely painting.
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From: cmcmck
2013-03-13 06:08 pm (UTC)
I've spent time with those paintings on half a dozen occasions and I find something new every time!

Now if they'd given the ceiling contract to Benozzo Gozzoli.........................
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From: algabal
2013-03-13 03:30 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, the muscularity has always bothered me too. It just seems a tad...vulgar? I agree, it's almost a form of beefcake.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-13 03:33 pm (UTC)
We've been taught to regard Michelangelo as the very pinnacle of the Western Art tradition and we don't question it, but recently I've begun to wonder...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-14 11:45 am (UTC)
The Church is a profoundly silly organization...
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