I subscribe to “The Writer’s Almanac” from American Public Media. Every day I get an e-mail about literature and the arts compiled by Garrison Keillor. I read it every morning with a cup of coffee (cream, no sugar.)

I want to share one of the entries from today with you,

Portrait of Michelangelo, by Marcello Venusti | 1535

Portrait of Michelangelo, by Marcello Venusti | 1535

It’s the birthday Michelangelo, born in the village of Caprese, Italy (1475). His first major work of art was the Pietà, a marble statue of the Madonna holding the dead Christ in her arms. The figures were perfectly balanced and carved from a single block of marble. The story was that after the statue had been put on display, Michelangelo went to see it and overheard a crowd of people praising its beauty. Someone asked who had made it, and another replied that it was il Gobbo, from Milan. That night, Michelangelo locked himself in with the statue and carved an inscription on the Madonna’s robe that reads “Michelangelo Buonarroti the Florentine made this.” It was the only work he ever signed.

Pieta (courtesy Wikipedia)

Pieta (courtesy Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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