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March 27, 2023

Mid-Morning Art Thread

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Choosing the Dinner
Alexandre-Louis Leloir

I like this piece, but another artwork has been in the news...a sculpture by some 23-year old guy named Michelangelo. Unfortunately photos of his sculpture of the biblical David don't do it justice. Nor do photos of his other famous piece called "Pieta." That one might be even better!

Here is a link to a video . It's a travelogue by Rick Steve, who is sort of irritating, but the view of the sculpture is good. And here is one of The Pieta after they relit it with modern lighting.

Let's not forget Rodin, who in spite of being a Frog could sculpt with the best of them.

There's another pasta eater named Donatello, whose version of David is quite different, but just marvelous.

So what's the connection between current events and three great sculptors? They all showed the genitalia of some of their subjects. Was it sexual? No*. Is it appropriate for children to see? I think the answer is yes, but my opinion means nothing, and the parents' decision is the only one that matters.

Anyway, it's an interesting topic, but arguing about what sculpture is the greatest in the world might be fun too!

*Although...I was in the Rodin Museum in Paris last summer and I photographed one of his pieces that struck me as discordant because of its overt sexuality. But that was the only one.

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