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Michelangelo as a poet

Ever since I saw the photo of the Pieta by Michelangelo while researching for my high school AP Art History class, I know I was in love with Michelangelo’s work. It was rather strange. Back then, I had always consider myself as a 2D drawing artist and, of course, and architecture student (Yes, I was also taking Advanced Architecture back in then, with the same teacher that taught AP Art History). Yet, one look at that picture, and I was…  well, the feeling was hard to describe. I really wanted go to Rome at that moment and touch that sculpture. It was beautiful, serene, lovely… words cannot describe it.

The only other work that can make me feel like that with a mere photo was the Tahj Mahal. Those works are really timeless beauty.

But alas, I digress (Picked that word up from my current class, ha!)

So, back to my topic – when I saw a class about Michelangelo for GE C4, my mind clicked! I know I had to take it! There are probably other classes that more practical for an architectural career, but I really, really wanted to take this class!!!

And am I happy girl!

It is a new class in Cal Poly, currently taught by Giancarlo Fiorenza. As the class goes on, I am constantly amazed by by Michelangelo’s personality and his artistic career. But he is not only an artist, he is also a poet.

Much like sculpture, I have never really like English poetry. I like Chinese poems and songs though, so I know it was more about my language barrier.

Trust Michelangelo to break that barrier like his Pieta did!

I was just reading “The Poetry of Michelangelo”, translated by James M. Salsow. Many of them are about his love for sculpture. He praised and serenade to art much like toward a lover, and praised most lovingly. The one part that make me swoon over the most ends as such:

“Therefore, I can give both of us long life
in any medium, whether colors or stone,
by depicting each of these faces of ours;
so that a thousand years after our departure
may be seen how lovely you were, and how wretched I,
and how, in loving you, I was no fool.”

Strangely, Michelangelo’s real life personality is very prideful, always insisted that he never got taught from anyone. But all artist are strange, anyway.

Interestingly, my current favorite class, other than Michelangelo, is also a completely new class (In fact, first time to be taught in Cal Poly this quarter) call Indigenous South America, taught by Stacey Rucas. Living species, particularly human, are truly fascinating. Our life, history, and culture are forever interlinked. To study and see those connection makes those class memorable for me. Hopefully, my request for an Art History minor will be approve.

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