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Re: michelangelo contribution

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Mon, 12 Oct 1998 11:49:39 -0500 (EST)

Yes, Michelangelo's insatiable curiosity and devotion to study and
perfection teach us much! Study of Michelangelo's art, philosophies, and
life can inspire a great zest for learning. If this isn't too late, I'd
like to talk a little bit about what I feel is his greatest contribution
to art education.
Michelangelo is one of my favorite artists, but not because of his
early work (though beautiful and marvelous). Through examination of the
development of his life's body of work, one can learn a little bit more
about what it means to BE an artist. For instance, comparison of his
exquisite St. Peter's Pieta with the much, much later (and also
exquisite) Rodonini Pieta shows an immense change. Michelangelo's work
changed over time with his philosophies, and the fact that we can see the
change in him and his worldview through his art shows us a bit of art's
mystical, communicative, and reflective qualities. We can see the artist
himself in his work, and we are granted greater understanding of the world
through examination of the point of view of another. Well, I could write
about this all day, but I need to run! I hope I made sense (my brain's a
little fried).

Laura Romer