Let’s start with a portrait of God or, to set this chronicle in its proper frame, the mind, body and spirit of my younger self when I first entered the Sistine Chapel and cast my eyes upon the frescos that Michelangelo painted on the ceiling that includes a universally known image of the Great Architect of the Universe descending from the firmament and extending his index finger to touch his much younger self on the other side of the looking glass. If you have a mind and love of art, religion or history you know this painting because its facsimile has been reproduced so many times that key elements have, unfortunately, become gaudy kitsch in the globalist cultural landfill. A chief sinner in this cheapening of sacred art and the legacy of a creative genius with few equals (if any) who created it happens to be the Vatican itself and the greedy absolute monarchy that runs the place. Read on and I will explain why this desecration of astonishing truth by the very hand that held the purse of patronage and fought with the artist at the time of creation is so typical of soulless organization men who run the world.
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The first thing - the most amazing thing about the whole Michelangelo/Sistine Chapel/Pope battle is the fact that Michelangelo didn't consider painting to be a worthy form of expression. He focused his energies on the higher, more difficult disciplines of architecture, sculpture and poetry which is were, to his mind, his true talents lived and shined. It has been said by those who know a thing or two about literature that were Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni to have never designed Saint Peter’s Basilica or sculpted the Statue of David or painted the Sistine Chapel that he would be remembered today as one of the great Italian Renaissance poets. Read one of his poems and think about it.
THE DOOM OF BEAUTY
by: Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
Choice soul, in whom, as in a glass, we see,
Mirrored in thy pure form and delicate,
What beauties heaven and nature can create,
The paragon of all their works to be!
Fair soul, in whom love, pity, piety,
Have found a home, as from thy outward state
We clearly read, and are so rare and great
That they adorn none other like to thee!
Love takes me captive; beauty binds my soul;
Pity and mercy with their gentle eyes
Wake in my heart a hope that cannot cheat.
What law, what destiny, what fell control,
What cruelty, or late or soon, denies
That death should spare perfection so complete?
But Michelangelo did design, sculpt and paint all those things and so much more that his poetry is ignored and I’d be willing to bet that most people, including art lovers, don’t even know he was a writer. The point is that he had no interest in painting the Sistine Chapel and looked on the project as a distraction which he completed in intermittent sessions spread over several years while focusing on more important work. Ya got that? The Sistine Chapel ceiling was a side hustle and painting was the weakest of Michelangelo’s skill sets but it still supernovas the greatest painters of the age. And he had to fight like hell with Pope Julius II and other Vatican minions to paint the vision that Michelangelo had in his mind, body and soul instead of some stupid church approved cartoon. Additionally it must be pointed out that we’re talking about a fresco made with wet plaster that needs to be applied quickly and can’t be “painted over” if the artist makes a mistake. All the more impressive when you consider the scale of the canvass (the entire ceiling of the chapel) and the logistical issues involved in doing the work in a physically awkward position 40 feet above the floor. As a pure act of political, physical and emotional will power these scenes from the Book of Genesis are astonishing works of technical prowess but that’s just the backstory for the REAL subject of this KOTCB blog post which is choice.
As any loyal KOTCB reader knows, I have my issues with the Holy See as a political institution and, especially, with the current Vicar of Christ and his Jesuit hokum polluting the foundational rock of western civilization. An unhappy example of this ecumenical desecration occurred last weekend when the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture partnered with the CURA Foundation to put on a Vatican conference on the topic of mind, body and soul with the purpose of “uniting” to prevent and cure disease - especially the Wuhan Chinavirus otherwise know as COVID-19. True to form, the bitter and talentless priests mocked Michelangelo’s masterpiece by creating a promotional graphic mimicking the connection between God and man depicted in The Creation of Adam with two mixed race, latex gloved hands almost “touching” index fingers. This is as wrong as wrong can get because the artists in 16th Century Italy were rigorously trained philosophers and theologians who were tasked with translating wisdom and truth into a visual form that could be comprehended by a largely illiterate population and that is exactly what Michelangelo did in his iconic painting. Indeed, when asked the question “what does God look like?” the image of this guy is what immediately flashes in civilized peoples minds.
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