Thursday, January 20, 2011

Young Michelangelo by John T. Spike

By the editors of Image: A Journal of Art, Faith and Mystery

In recent years, through seminars, essays
in our print journal, and blog posts, we at Image have been exploring the parallels between the Renaissance and our postmodern culture. We’ve focused in particular on the ways that Renaissance Christian humanism drew on literature and the imagination to counter the ideological extremes of the era and construct, through art, a space where people could meet and reflect together. That’s why, though we’re an organization devoted to contemporary art, we’re happy to celebrate the publication of Young Michelangelo by noted art historian John T. Spike. Of all the titanic artists of the High Renaissance, Michelangelo was the one who most deeply sought to synthesize the philosophical, literary, and spiritual visions of Christian humanism. His education by the Medici gave him access to some of the most brilliant minds of the era—thinkers like the Platonist Ficino and classicist and poet Poliziano.

There have been some rather superficial biographies of the artist but with Young Michelangelo, John T. Spike is launching a major new multi-volume work. Few are better qualified to undertake such an ambitious project. Spike is an American art historian who has lived in Florence for many years and is the author of important monographs on artists like Caravaggio and Fra Angelico. In this new book Spike combines both the practical—including recently discovered details of Michelangelo’s personal finances—with the substantive—the ideas and influences that shaped the Florentine’s enduring art. Young Michelangelo is dense with information but also written with grace, as in this sentence on the first page:

Michelangelo's Pieta "Now the
road [the Via Sacra] was sacred for the apostles Peter and Paul, who had walked it in chains, and in deference to the chapels wedged like hornets’ nests in the porches of shattered temples." Like Shakespeare, Michelangelo repays repeated engagement. Treat yourself to this study of this artist of paradoxes, a man who was at once proud and humble, devout and sensual, ambitious and uncompromising. ---get the book

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New Oxford Review Clubs Beginning

Boston: The New Oxford Review is "an orthodox Catholic magazine that explores ideas concerning faith and culture." This discussion group is an independent club for subscribers to the magazine (print or online edition) who live in the Boston area.

As the Meetup people say, we want to "use the internet to get off the internet"...Read on

Note: No Sally, the Internet is not enough. Seriously. At most the Internet should in my opinion be supplemental for real students and thinkers. There can be no substitute for "slow reading" and deep study and reflection. More than ever we need to subscribe to and support good, substantive journals and magazines. Despite the phenomenal amount of data and analysis pouring "into" the Internet every second, there is a lot of evidence we are suffering from intellectual and spiritual malnourishment. And where will we end if journals and newspapers of proven worth are forced to fold for lack of support? It's time to get serious.

--->The Art of Slow Reading...

--->Is Google Making Us Stupid (click)?

"The New Oxford Review has earned a reputation for addressing head-on the full range of issues confronting Holy Mother Church, and doing so with unswerving loyalty to her Pope and Magisterium."

--->Fournier: Arrest of Abortionist Kermit Gosnell Reveals House of Horrors Built by Roe... "There are times when the truth concerning what actually happens in every procured abortion becomes obvious and the Nation is shaken out of its complacency. Perhaps the House of Horrors found in Philadelphia will be one of those moments. What was hidden is now being revealed. The truth is what "Doctor" Gosnell did is no different than what is done in every procured abortion. The only difference is that it is hidden from view..."

--->Politico: Abortion on deck in health care debate...

--->26 States Join Suit Against Obama Health Law... [My money is on compromise---the 'great American middle'---the same for abortion where we especially see ideological direction built into the system; which is why we need new political movements and parties; else the more things change...]

--->Opinion: A "new phase of globalization" is Taking Shape in Beijing, Flag Planted on American Soil...

--->2008: Mia Farrow says China underwriting atrocities in Darfur..."It isn't a pretty way to say this, but China is underwriting the atrocities in Darfur through the oil revenues which now top 4 billion US dollars a year," she told AFP in an interview. "Some 70 percent of that money has been used to attack the population of Darfur"...Read it all

--->Letter from 1997 shows Vatican concern to ensure abuse verdicts, officials say...

--->In His Own Words. Cardinal Mahony discusses retirement plans, major focus will be on advocacy for immigrants...

--->Hawaii governor hasn't found Obama's birth certificate yet...

BTR Saturday webcast postponed. Sick day.

1 comment:

  1. I don't mind being intellectually malnourished; I've always been good company for salamanders if not also for older Catholic women, but it certainly is nicer to breathe the same room's air with others, to see freckles or hear a hiccup or the rain, or to score a smile. Anyway, I hope you'll be back soon.