The first moment I fell in love with Firenze it came with the acknowledgment that I was placing my feet on the very same cobblestones that some of the greats like Michelangelo, da Vinci, Galileo, Dante, did. The magnitude of that realization never escapes me, because also in that moment I felt as if I'd been there before; had already made my imprint on these tiny blocks of stone. Patrizia Fiorentina, if you will. Truth be told, friends can attest to the fact that after a few glasses of wine I've been known to admit that I was Michelangelo's lover back in the day. His favorite in fact! But this is a story for another time.
What I really want to share today is how blessed we are in NYC to have a once-in-a- lifetime exhibition (mostra) currently showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Michelangelo: Divine Draftsmen & Designer. Selected from 50 public & private collections in the U.S and Europe, this exhibition celebrates my man's genius as a supreme draftsman & designer, and consists of 133 of his drawings, 3 of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting & so much more.
My love for this man grows each time I have the great fortune to be in his genius. And for that reason I went back for a second visit this week. Although I loved everything in the collection, it was this fragment of a large charcoal mural that lured me back. I had to stand in front of it once again, and marvel at the prospect that I may be standing in the same spot Michelangelo did, as he randomly sketched on the wall of his ancestral villa in Settignano.
I try to wrap my mind around his process. As a writer I know the method (and sometimes agony) of staring at a blank page. As I compare my building of words to his building of works of art to form un disegno, I am overwhelmed with emotion at the vastness of his brilliance. For example:
One last thing before I go, if you've seen the facade of the Basilica di San Lorenzo in Firenze, you might be intrigued (like me) by M's early sketches, which never came to fruition.
I'm certain this won't be the last you'll hear of my love for Michelangelo. I mean, we've been doing this dance for centuries so there's a lot to cover. In the meantime, if you're in NYC, I welcome you to surround yourself in my man M's genius. The exhibition is open until February 12th. For more info click here. Buon divertimento & Big Love, PatriciaG
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