Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

The Lost Battles: Jonathan Jones

Leonardo was a bit of a sissy, Michelangelo a tough; Leonardo was a gun for hire, Michelangelo a patriot; Leonardo was a freethinker, Michelangelo a true believer. They hated each another.

The decision to give them walls to decorate in Florence's Great Council Hall pitched them directly against one another. Michelangelo's Battle of Cascina was a call to arms, Leonardo's Battle of Anghiari a pacifist manifesto. Neither picture was completed- and neither survives except in preliminary sketches and copies. Jonathan Jones uses this story of competition and confrontation as the focus for a wide-ranging exploration of the Florentine High Renaissance.

Nothing I've read about Leonardo and Michelangelo has ever given me such a clear and convincing idea of what these two sacred monsters stood for- and what they were like as people.
Subscribe

  • The Nicolson Diaries Come To An End

    I have finished the Nicolson Diaries. As he gets older so the entries get shorter and the company glitters less. Health concerns begin to nag- and…

  • Experts

    I'm wary of "experts". Some of them are owned by the universities, corporations and politicians who pay their wages. Some of them…

  • Nothing Lasts Forever

    We did the circuit we often do- driving from Matfield where we live to Brenchley where the doctor's surgery is to Paddock Wood where we…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments