Living Stone and Non-Finito: Michelangelo as sculptor

  • Society of Antiquaries |
  • Talk |
  • Monday, 12 November 2012 - 14:30

In a poem inscribed on the verso of a preparatory drawing for the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo famously declared himself to be ‘no painter’. Throughout his life he sought to define his identity with his activity as a sculptor, in particular his ability to represent the human form. One of the most intriguing aspects of his work is the varying degrees of finish evident in each piece. In this talk Caroline Brooke focuses specifically on the non-finito (unfinished) works, considering them in relation to the artist’s writings and the philosophical ideas prevalent during his lifetime. By connecting what can be said about the sculptor’s feelings about sculpture and the process he employed, we ask whether the unfinished nature of Michelangelo’s sculpture is the result of circumstance or the outcome of personal choice.

Michelangelo, Awakening Slave, c 1525-30, at the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

Michelangelo, Awakening Slave, c 1525-30, at the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

This event has been organised by a local support help group to raise money for the Art Fund

Venue details

Society of Antiquaries Burlington House, Piccadilly London W1J 0BE