March 22, 2012

Bwah hah hah

When the Pope's own Master of Ceremonies Biagio da Cesena said "it was mostly disgraceful that in so sacred a place [the Sistine Chapel] there should have been depicted all those nude figures, exposing themselves so shamefully, and that it was no work for a papal chapel but rather for the public baths and taverns," Michelangelo worked da Cesena's semblance into the scene as Minos, judge of the underworld. It is said that when he complained to the Pope, the pontiff responded that his jurisdiction did not extend to hell, so the portrait would have to remain.



Blogger Author said...

Pissing off great artists is always unwise. A couple thousand years later, pity the endless reputation of this poor girl:

"That country girl has witched your wishes,
all dressed up in her country clothes
and she hasn't got the sense
to hitch her rags above her ankles. "

- Sappho.

March 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM  

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