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[Photo Journal] Sculptures in the Sforza Castle Museum

... including the Rondanini Pieta of Michelangelo.


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Sculptures (Sforza Castle Museum)

A few weeks back, I shared a few photographs and information about the Sforza Castle Museum in Milan (see here). For this post, I will be featuring a few of the magnificent sculptures we were able to see while going around the museum.

“You must forget all your theories, all your ideas before the subject. What part of these is really your own will be expressed in your expression of the emotion awakened in you by the subject.” 
― Henri Matisse

“The greatest artist does not have any concept
Which a single piece of marble does not itself contain
Within its excess, though only
A hand that obeys the intellect can discover it.” 
― Michelangelo Buonarroti, I Sonetti Di Michelangelo: The 78 Sonnets of Michelangelo with Verse Translation

“Authors can write stories without people assuming that they are autobiographies, but songwriters and poets are often considered to be the characters in their works. I like Michelangelo’s vision, ‘I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” 
― Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

“Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.” 
― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The key to understanding any people is in its art: its writing, painting, sculpture.” 
― Louis L’Amour, Education of a Wandering Man

“Literature, although it stands apart by reason of the great destiny and general use of its medium in the affairs of men, is yet an art like other arts. Of these we may distinguish two great classes: those arts, like sculpture, painting, acting, which are representative, or as used to be said very clumsily, imitative; and those, like architecture, music, and the dance, which are self-sufficient, and merely presentative.” 
― Robert Louis Stevenson

“I assert that the art of sculpture, among all the arts connected with design, is at least seven times greater than any other, for the following reason: why, sir, a statue of true sculpture ought to have seven points of view, which ought all to boast equal excellence.” 
― Benvenuto Cellini, The Autobiography Of Benvenuto Cellini

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.” 
― Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy

“I think Seneca is right: life feels longer the more you engage with it…. I should be loving sculpture! But I have not gone deeply into sculpture. Instead, having been utterly insensitive to sculpture, I fill the time that might have been usefully devoted to sculpture with things like drinking and staring into space.” 
― Zadie Smith

“He was sculpting me. He was trying to make me so he could fall in love with me ..” 
― Jonathan Safran Foer

“We don’t catch hold of an idea, rather the idea catches hold of us and enslaves us and whips us into the arena so that we, forced to be gladiators, fight for it.” 
― Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

“I’d be looking at some stony sculpture Michelangelo would have killed his grandmother to be able to do, and thinking, I don’t know that color, that color doesn’t exist, but like wow.” 
― Robin McKinley, Dragonhaven

This is the Rondanini Pieta, the marble sculpture that Michelangelo is said to have worked on from 1552 to 1564, the last few days of his life. We were lucky to witness its glorious beauty while we were here.

“With Michelangelo anatomical science is transformed into music. With him the human body is architectonic matter for the construction of dreams.” 
― Umberto Boccioni

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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