Wednesday, September 18, 2013

still learning

He was the prototype Renaissance Man, called Il Divino (the divine one) because of his transcendent masterpieces ranging from the Sistine Chapel ceiling to David to the Pieta. But not only was Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) a painter, sculptor and an architect, I recently discovered that he was a poet, too. He is actually the author of several hundred poems, many of which were later translated from the Italian by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. How wondrous and inspiring that any one  human could do so much. "Ancora imparo," Michelangelo said near the end of his life. Still learning.  

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