Sunday, April 18, 2010

Suspicious

Eviscerated and rearranged book about Michelangelo - the detail you see is from a portrait of Michelangelo painted by his friend Giuliano Bugiardini. Little holes on the right hand corner evidently made by a mouse who changed his mind about the taste of the High Rensaissance, or perhaps it was the Medicis who put him off...

This may be a cousin of this prose poem on Aleph, or is it only the color that makes me think so?

There are some wonderful stories in the comments section of the post below. I love you for your minds...

13 comments:

Eva said...

What a peep show!

aleph said...

Readin a book on aesthetics, about Michelangelo -Poem´s of ;ichelangelo´s last years, and not less the sculptures of his last years of life, show a deep tendence to mistycalness and seclusion. It´s not casual that on this point, it´s been pointed out a certain affinity with gothic sculpture fron VIX, and the influence of mystical literature ("Revelationes" by santa Brigitta). Michaelangelo went so far in this tendence, that not only opposed to the beauty of the visible world and forms, but even against that idea about beauty that had previously preceeded all his life´s artistic creation. Blunt has observed this sort of extreme form of renunciation particularily expressed in a sonet of his fifty years:
"Giunto é gia ´l corso della vita mia / Con tempestuoso mar per fragil barca / Conto es ragio d´ogni opra trista e pia / Onde l´affetuosa fantasia / Che l´arte me fece ideo´e monarca / Conosco or ben, coméra d´error carca
E quel ch´mal suo grado ogn´uom desia"
The red spot can be seen everywhere - now I think of rogues underneath the earth, giving birth to Ms. Ramstage, the so beautiful creature that sort off.

tony said...

The Mouse Has Taste! "Exeter" Sounds good!

ArtSparker said...

Aleph- Michelangelo was 47 in this portrait.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Those mice clearly bit off more than they could chew.

Steve said...

Am loving those well worn steps leading up to that darkly sardonic eye...

JJ Beazley said...

Love this one, Susan. All those elegant graphics, and then the eye says'Hey!'

rosedale's 4head said...

the touch of red and the personality in that single eye gives this one an erotic twist - i like it!

Shayna Prentice said...

This piece of your art evokes a powerful sense of déjà vu within me ... I wish I could grasp what it is exactly. Wondrous.

Celeste Bergin said...

THAT is a killer design

Titus said...

Stunning. Redolent of the artist himself, and his staircase/eye is just sublime.
Has prompted me to the sin of covetousness.

Eva said...

Aleph's infos remind me how the spirit of renaissance got caught up by repentence preachers like Savonarola. Some artists have tended to destroying their early work out of regret. Something to regret!

Asja said...

I like this subversive mouse for nibbling high Renaissance- the though of it makes me smile :)