One of my favorite lines from the book.This was in response to- 'Where do Ideas come from?"
"Ideas are a natural function of the mind, as breathing is of the lungs. Perhaps they come from God."
|Jeremiah. Sistine Chapel|
While on the topic of Michelangelo, I thought I'd feature-Prophet Jeremiah; one of my favorite figures on the Sistine ceiling. I just love how Michelangelo has conveyed this sense of deep melancholy in the Prophet. He seems lost in anguished thoughts. Deeply contemplative.The mood is somber, the heart is heavy and the despondency is so heartfelt, that it seems to have its own language.
Perhaps the reason why I have a soft spot for this figure in the Sistine ceiling is because it is widely speculated to be a self-portrait of the artist at the time he was making the ceiling. He has depicted himself as pensive, weighed down, and exhausted - which is what he felt due to the magnitude of the task he had undertaken (the ceiling). Alternatively it is also speculated that Michelangelo was weighed down by his own sins-which is what he tried to depict through Prophet Jeremiah. Possible, but in all honesty, if he did think that- Michelangelo was too hard on himself. Every work he made was an homage to God himself. His practice was a form a worship.At least that's how I look at tit.
and that reminds me of another quote:
" God shapes the back to the burden "