Date(s) - Monday, 13 May 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St Paul’s Church
Sculpture, Artist, Architect, Poet, Thinker. Highly-respected and so admired by the wealthy and powerful of the day – that even during his own life-time, he was referred to as ‘Il Divino’ – The Divine One’.
Yet he was also very much at the mercy and demands of that same powerful and ambitious nobility – the Medici’s of Florence and the Popes of Rome and his life was frequently troubled as a result.
His output was truly prodigious. Yet to get a measure of the extraordinary genius that was Michelangelo, one need only see two of his stunningly beautiful, marble statues:
• The glorious, tender, emotive ‘Pietà’ – in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome
• And ‘David’ – in the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze – the Academy of Florence’
Michelangelo left the world a glorious legacy: so let me take you through some of the highlights of his life and works, and hopefully, leave you agreeing with the words of Giorgio Vasari – fellow artist, writer and historian:
“… anyone who has seen Michelangelo’s ‘David’ has no need to see anything else by any other sculptor, living or dead”.