Thursday, November 8, 2007

Artistic Legacy

The High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti was an architect, poet, painter, engineer and sculptor. In 1501, when he was twenty-seven, he began carving the freestanding biblical David from an enormous block of Carrara marble. He completed the sculpture in 1504, three years later. Michelangelo is probably most well known for painting the 5760-square-foot ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. However, he considered himself primarily a sculptor.
In contrast, these amazing watermelon sculptures are created each day by artists who remain unknown to the thousands of cruisers on this ship. The artists’ names are not carved onto these sculptures, and their biographies are unknown.
Michelangelo’s “David” is over five hundred years old, and it will continue to provide evidence of his genius for many more hundreds of years. On the other hand, these watermelon sculptures will last a few days, and these artists’ genius will remain “unknown.”

What is your artistic legacy?

1 comment:

morningDove said...

oh how fun, are you carving a niche out today in your class?