February 3, 2016.

Painting With The Girls 34

February 3, 2016.

Day 34, (332 days to go)

 Chrysanthemum Batik

Watercolor 5X7 Matted

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was twenty-three years younger than Leonardo da Vince and survived him by forty-five years. He believed that his creations were locked inside the stones he sculpted from. He found sculpting to be a truer art form than painting, and he detested sculptors who used clay materials for their work. His primary subject was the human body, as he saw “divine intention” in it. He liked representing opposite forces in his art, such as spirit and flesh, night and day, peace and violence. In his sculptures the tension between opposites charges the statues with spiral force. Many of his paintings centered on Christianity, most notably the Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Sculpture remained Michelangelo’s true love, however, and he continued chiseling away in his home studio until the very end. Only days before he died at the age of 88, he was still working on the so-called “Rondanini Pieta,” which depicts Jesus in the Virgin Mary’s arms.