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  •  Someone took a hammer to the Pieta (8+ / 0-)

    before we got to Rome so we only saw a replica.  I was sad.  We did get to see Moses.  It took a long time to find the right little church.  Now days, you could google it and get a map. :)

    A picture is here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    It was made for Julius' tomb.

    Wiki tells about it here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

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    by cfk on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:18:10 PM PST

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    •  If he'd never been sidetracked by the Chapel (7+ / 0-)

      (though I'm glad he was), it's just conceivable that M. would have finished Julius' tomb, and we'd have that to fill us with an equal awe. Julius died not too long after the Chapel was finished, and M. never again found the solid and unstinting patronage his plans for the tomb required.

      In his lifetime, M. discarded far more sculptures than he finished. It's easy to hit a flaw in marble, to mis-chip at it (especially when you're such a perfectionist), so that it falls short of your vision. On the other hand, once he was on a roll with inspiration, M. frequently applied all his powers and energy, and achieved the impossible.

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

      by Brecht on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:36:18 PM PST

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