Michelangelo explains his artistic mastery

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Coming from a genius like Michelangelo, those are powerful words.

And, yes, I cropped this photo from the original. I wanted the emphasis to be on the words, not the nudity!

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10 thoughts on “Michelangelo explains his artistic mastery

  1. I read Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy a number of years ago, and it really stayed with me. The book left no doubt in my mind that Michelangelo was a passionate artist. It was amazing to read what he had to put up with to produce what he did, and I remember thinking that he could have done so much more.

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  2. I saw David in Florence. It was literally a jaw-dropping moment. He looked like he was about to step off the stand and walk among us, it was that good.

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  3. This reminds me of the “it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery” quote by Malcolm Gladwell. Then I thought about my Dad who was a violinist with the L.A. Philharmonic, a Juilliard graduate &Fulbright Award winner. One talented dude. He practiced for hours every day while I grew up (my room was next to his practice area) and I heard a ton of magnificent music that he played on his Stradivarius and Guadanini violins.

    I read the following fascinating info. (which I copied below) about violinists at this website:

    http://www.wisdomgroup.com/blog/10000-hours-of-practice/

    “Violins in Berlin

    In the early 1990s, a team of psychologists in Berlin, Germany studied violin students. Specifically, they studied their practice habits in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. All of the subjects were asked this question: β€œOver the course of your entire career, ever since you first picked up the violin, how many hours have you practiced?”

    All of the violinists had begun playing at roughly five years of age with similar practice times. However, at age eight, practice times began to diverge. By age twenty, the elite performers averaged more than 10,000 hours of practice each, while the less able performers had only 4,000 hours of practice.

    The elite had more than double the practice hours of the less capable performers.”

    So that means that my Dad had more than 10,000 hours of practice by age 20, which makes total sense, as he was the youngest violinist to be hired by the L.A. Philharmonic. I don’t know much about his Mom except that she played the piano, and she put an enormous amount of pressure on him to practice. She died when I was 3.

    And as you know, my Dad had bipolar disorder, like many of his orchestra colleagues, which I find intriguing. If I wasn’t writing my book, I’d consider writing a book about mental illness in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Just one example is that his longtime stand partner, a spectacular violinist, had bipolar and she tragically took her own life.

    Sorry to ramble…..sometimes I, ahem, do that in these blogs. As you also know.

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    1. I’ve read that 10,000 hours concept in several other places after Gladwell popularized it (or came up with it, not sure which). My husband and I were talking to a former neighbor, a 9 or 10 year old girl who was a great softball player, and my husband mentioned the 10,000 hour rule. The girl’s (naive) response was that, oh, yeah, I’ve practiced 10,000 hours already. I’m not sure she realized that probably wasn’t possible at her age and for the length of time she’d played the game (about 4 years, I think) and the number and length of her practice sessions. 10,000 hours is roughly 417 24-hour days, which is over a year of non-stop practice!

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      1. It’s amazing – these 9 & 10 year olds & their misc. naivete.
        Another example; my 8 and 11 year-old think $30 isn’t a lot of money. Or $5. But I think both those amounts are nothing to sneeze at! It’s important to note that $5 can buy a quality gourmet chocolate bar!!!!!

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    2. Oh, and I think the connection between music and the mental illness is intriguing. I don’t know if anyone has researched a connection between mental health and professional musicians, but there’s a definite correlation with certain other arts and creative writing. And I wonder to what extent music helps alleviate some of the pain of mental illness or if it exacerbates it?

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      1. I think Dr. Kay Redfield Jamiosn mentions the pro. musician/mental health connection in “Touched With Fire” but I haven’t read that book yet! I need to – I want to – I keep saying I will read it – but I just haven’t done it yet! πŸ˜‰

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      2. I read Touched with Fire so long ago that I don’t remember anything except the link between mental illness and writers/poets, and the odd spike in suicides in the Northern Hemisphere in May. May have to re-read it. πŸ™‚

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