But Leonardo da Vinci is calm. That’s the truth about his work. It’s symmetrical. concise, beautiful. It is near perfection. As calm as a bird in flight. Michelangelo is the polar opposite. Michelangelo storms across his frescoes. He rages. He spits. Mass of color and cloth and drapery and muscle. There is no male or female in Michelangelo so properly conceived. There is only the intensity, the burst, the volcanic vigor. It is as if Michelangelo is rendering his desire and his talent and his potency all at once, every single painting. Asking Michelangelo to paint with the calmness of Leonardo would be asking him to cut off his own hands.Stimie (via howitzerliterarysociety)
Michael J Seidlinger covers 2014 in the indie publishing world for Electric Literature
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