ice cream, pastel-colored, dainty jewelry,
caramel colored patent shoes,
and silver stud earrings.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw this feature article on NYTimes.com tonight. What is thought to be Michelangelo's first ever piece of art, let alone first painting, was recently bought by Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX and is now on view at the Met. This 'resurfaced' painting shows early signs of what Michelangelo developed into his aesthetic language: a distinguished palette and figures in motion showing their anatomy.
This article even stumped me! I took a Michelangelo class my Senior year where we analyzed all his works all the way from one of his known first sculptures, Madonna of the Steps, to his last piece, The Rondanini Pieta. We didn't even know about this piece of artwork when we were studying him! This is all very cool to me. I heart Michelangelo. I think I am going to have to see it before it leaves NYC in September.
Madonna of the Steps (what the world thought to be his 1st piece of artwork. This piece is 1 of 2 low relief sculptures Michelangelo completed during his apprenticeship at the school of Lorenzo de'Medici, the other sculpture is the Battle of the Centaurs).
Rondanini Pieta (the last sculpture that Michelangelo worked on until his death).
Have you ever had one of those moments where you turn the corner of a museum and are just completely giddy with excitement to see the one painting you have always loved? I had one of those moments at Musee d'Orsay, where I just was in complete shock of the Gauguin paintings. He has always been my favorite painters since highschool due to his bold use of color. The Tahitian women have especially always captured my attention especially the one at the Met. I think the colors he incorporates into the skintones of the women is just breathtaking. Unfortunately two of his most famous paintings that I really looked forward to seeing were on exhibition in Seoul Korea. Hmmm....well, that gives me a reason to plan a trip back to France in the near future just so that I can see the two that I missed. Of all the artwork that I have been lucky to view during my time in Paris, the Gauguin paintings have had the largest impact on me.