Where art speaks truly to us –

a where a man gave his life to it…..


Thebookmann came across his archives of photographs where in 1994, he photographed Michelangelo Buonarroti’s last incomplete sculpture, the Pietà Rondanini. This is a sample where the burning desire to make Art is driven in man, and with many artists till their death. And like sex, where Pablo Picasso desire for life withered after his virility, Michelangelo worked until his gift, his hands, succumbed by the weakness of his heart, but not his will.

A forming relief of the hand of Christ, ossified compared with the finer polish of his leg

Finely carved from the lower torso, Michelangelo chiseled upwards, and the sketch of the two figures, mother and son began to emerge, feathered and less defined. The greatness of the sculptor was his ability to carve from a single block of marble and to also alter the form as he visualized the work in the process.

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