Never one to be able to decide , and suffering from this affliction of being interested and turned on by so many different artistic works , it was obviously very difficult for me to choose between a painting and a sculpture , or better said two sculptures .
One of my father’s brothers was a sculptor , but unfortunately he died too young , still in his early twenties . There are only a few of his studies in charcoal , and a few sculptures left , distributed among his brothers and sisters’s houses .
The finished work of what is believed to have been one of his first studies for art school , is a beautifully done bust of Beethoven that lives on top of my piano (that I mentioned here) at my father’s house .
So , sculpture might be in my genes . Which does not automatically translate into an ability to actually sculpt with my hands I’m afraid .
But that does not stop me from appreciating it , and as my taste goes towards classic , when I think about sculpture , what immediately comes to my mind , is the master as in Michelangelo .
It is almost unbelievable how a big block of hard cold marble can be so ingeniously worked in a way that gives us the impression of movement , transparency , life and emotions , as he did in David (yes, that very one) and in La Pietà .
Both are so incredibly beautiful that I could not possibly choose a favourite . Between the knowledge of the human body in David (don’t forget this was done in the 16th century) and the emotions seeping from La Pietà , my heart wavers . Which one do you prefer ? Can you choose ?
I was fortunate enough to be able to admire La Pietà in loco at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome , but I was maybe too young then to fully appreciate it .
And I do hope that one day I will be able to visit the beautiful city of Florence and the sculpture of David .