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  •  Fabulous and thanks to henry porter (2+ / 0-)
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    I am currently reading Ross King's Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling about the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, and being a novice at art, your exposition of the subtleties has been very helpful.

    The book mentions a little about the rivalry between Da Vinci and Michelangelo - they were commissioned to do two differing scenes of some battle - and somehow neither of them completed that work.

    Talking about rarely following the rules laid down by patrons, Michelangelo was also quite temperamental. But his patron in this instance, Pope Sixtus, was equally temperamental. I am part way through the book, so I can't tell you the real conclusion, but from what I have read, the Sistine Chapel paintings were thematically dictated by the Pope and one of the cardinals close to both the Pope and Michelangelo, but that Michelangelo had wide latitude in interpreting the directives.

    Thanks once more for the diary. I learnt quite a bit from it.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    by Suvro on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 10:54:51 AM PDT

    •  Let me blow your mind here.. (0+ / 0-)

      The Sistine Chapel... is an anatomy lesson!

      Here's a poor quality video:

      Here's a couple of articles:

      Brazilian doctor's interpret Michelangelo's "anatomy lesson".

      And the Meshberger observation that started all this:

      The Brain on the ceiling.

      Here's the thing about the's a cross section which means you had to do a dissection.  Autopsies were forbidden.  Leonardo almost got excommunicated for doing them.  This one is so complete the pituitary stalk is visible.  That is a really fine dissection.  If you just go in through the top of the skull and pull the brain out, you will tear the pituitary stalk and leave the pituitary gland behind because it is encased in a bony area called the sella turcica (Turkish saddle).  You have to have done several dissections to know this.

      This is Michelangelo flipping off the church, because in order for them to know what he did, they would have to also be guilty of doing the work he did, or they wouldn't recognize the anatomy.

      I'm not sure how I feel about the broader claim of the Brazilian doctor's.  Since Michelangelo cuts the brain right down the midline, it is odd he would not similarly bisect the various organs (e.g. the heart or the kidneys).


      by henry porter on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 11:27:56 AM PDT

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