The Passion of Michelangelo Buonarotti
These are the hands of the
working man, callouses mark them deep!
The beauty contained within
granite blocks by God’s gift is released.
Images locked within the
boundaries set by Nature are tightly held,
waiting for a moment of insight
and the effort to open the clasp.
Wonders of wonders take form and
make themselves known!
Shapes organise to present
magnificence, keen and meaningful expression of the world.
Birds fly and animals frolic and
play at the game of life.
Faces reveal tribulation and
Rock that is caressed may soften
and at the touch give form and purpose.
Each stroke of a sharp blade
leaves the next layer awaiting mutation.
Sharpness is honed by craft and
skill with the right tool to produce result.
The final image presents itself
when all remnants are removed.
The artisan hopes to be more than
it is to him that those who seek
Many wish to appraise the best,
to be aware of the most luxurious.
Panoramas can be vignettes,
captured moments, of depth and intensity.
Beauty is in the eye of the
Creation has already crafted that
which the artist emulates.
Colours, rich and lively, are as
mirrors of the simple and the delicate.
Light, diffuse, leaves a
temporary impression reflected in paint.
The concept of frozen action is
the impression of the transfiguration
as a change of permanence
witnessed by those fortunate to be present at that time of grace!
Words alone cannot enthrone the
images that the eyes perceive,
yet the other senses are not
dulled but quickened in their appreciation of the experience.
Smooth or sensitive the touch
upon the surface of the sculptured form the fingers pulse,
receptive to the effort put forth
into its being.
The nostrils flare at the assault
of aromas conjured by the artisans work.
Material signatures are released
in new found flavours which enhance all.
Precious oils are the balm laid
upon the body to be borne to a higher plain.
The actions remaining have their
own place and priority.
Reality and surreality are freed
from the confines in which they are conceived.
No tomb can be a prison that
captures and holds the living within its grasp.
The impressionist seeks to
release the same emotion by the stroke of the brush.
Ecstatic and exciting the
contours flow seeking ultimate freedom.
Without faith what would be
“Buonarotti” goaded by his
paternal mentor awakened and realised great potential.
To him there could be no better
than his best and he was expectant
that God who is above and beyond
all called him to meet the challenge.
Frescoes capture the mind and
hearts of the audience by their vividness.
They are limited only by the
imagination, not of the artist, but of the viewer!
Thoughts do not transcend time or
emotion, yet the artist attempts to awaken the soul.
The message delivered reiterated
with the frailty of human failure.
God delivers many things and in
his hands those implements handled with skill
respond and gain favour when the
result produced is greater than the expected.
We can dream or we can create
upon a parallel that which is unparalleled,
confident that our critic will
criticize only if we do not try to reach in and out.
April 4th. 1997 © Will George