something only an art historian could get confused about
Post #482 • February 28, 2005, 7:26 AM • 13 Comments
While we're all relieved, I'm sure, to hear that Michelangelo's David hasn't been deprived of anything, this is something only an art historian could get consfused about: a regular-to-generous endowment applied to 14-foot statue would be of disconcerting proportions, especially given the pose. Also, Michelangelo made many drawings in which otherwise naturalistic figures had smallish heads, feet, hands, and genitals, a trick of the sculpture trade that emphasizes the limbs and torso for increased heroic effect. I'm a little sorry to hear that aesthetic considerations don't make it into studies like this.