A Buonarroti’s odyssey


Going through the great creations of Michelangelo Buonnaroti, the insight into the craving David when he killed Goliath. It was a sheer pleasure, an mellifluously flowing art that derived the Florentine in sculpturing all day and night long. Each sculpture was a nebulous odyssey where he himself strutted and removed the haze and mist surrounding his composition and conceiving in his heart & soul the nascent ‘avant garde’. His unwillingness to pander by the papal orders and simultaneously shunning the palatial honors not going for the mediocre artistic panegyrics all added to his imminence and panache. He sought to collate his mental images and bring a come up with a theme that was in conformity with the tradition and religion. Although he worked as a apprentice of painting his proper milieu was sculpture. 

Carving the ‘pieta’ he searched for a poignant theme, he portrayed the commiserate grand finale of the life of a carpenter of Bethlehem, the moribund son at his mothers lap. “the pieta was the end ,the preordained conclusion of everything that the Mary had decided in that fateful hour God had allotted her. Now thirty three years later, her son was again on her lap, having completed the journey”.

The David was to be carved out of a seventeen feet ‘Duccio’ column. He meticulously carved ‘a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite’ who was ‘sturdy besides and a tried warrior, well spoken and personable, and the lord is with him….’,he was the one who ‘would catch …lion or bear by the throat & strangle them’. [1 Kings,16:17]. He was the greatest biblical feat of strength & courage, a young man who would pursue the most powerful of beasts,without weapons & armour, and catch & strangle them with his bare hands. Yet Michelangelo was not content on portraying this special individual, he seeked a universal man and the sculpture he chiseled was of a David, reflecting the emotions of fear, hesitation, repugnance, doubt, strength and rightliness. The moment his heart divulged this David he was possessed with a sense of artistic precision & force and a depth of passion to carve the white stone. This Florentine had a hunger to carve. His figures were sublime and they reflected a universal harmony of God’s creation. He was a true worshipper of art, as he himself said:

‘Beauteous art, brought with us from heaven, Will conquer nature; so divine a power Belongs to him who strives with every nerve’

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