Through the Eyes of Michelangelo
You have seen the works of his hands – NOW MEET THE MAN
Roaming high-atop his ceiling-high scaffolding, the earth-shaking super-star
of the Renaissance, Michelangelo entertains his visitors in the Sistine
Chapel with stories of his life and times. At Strokes of Genius, I paint
this scene by projecting vivid slides, demonstrating his innovative techniques,
and re-enacting some of his most famous works of art, including the Roman
Pieta, God Giving Life to Adam, and the Last Judgment.
A victim of his own success, Michelangelo suffered from the demands of
popularity experienced by celebrities today. Hounded not by a posse of
photographers, he was taunted by popes and rulers who were constantly
forcing him into new projects, leaving earlier contracts unfulfilled and
artistic visions unrealized. The feisty poet extols the virtues of “the
athletics of aesthetics”: art of awesome power and immense vitality.
During my Michelangelo performances, the viewer is:
- Contagiously coerced into viscerally reacting to the human emotions portrayed
- Human physique is animated by universal truths more than mere religious doctrine
- People are inspired to an all-out, do or die charge at life
- Challenges to his artistic abilities or purposes are met with unsurpassed
ferocity and mastery
His contemporaries called it “Terribilita” and called him “the
Divine Michelangelo”. This spiritually-minded sculptor, painter,
poet, and architect gave voice not only to matters of the soul, but also
to the Florentine identification with ancient Athens and the ideals of Plato.
Experience the Great Imagination, Determination & Integrity of Michelangelo
Through his art, Michelangelo reveals his real personality—not the
dark prince of angst, but an intense man powerfully inspired by spiritual
beliefs. Just like his “David”, Michelangelo was a maverick
with the forcefulness of an athlete, a mysterious celebrity of his time,
an artistic titan of awesome power, and immense vitality. Rather than
merely warming our hearts, Michelangelo compels us to work to understand
his vision of a cohesive world view.
By viewing my portrayal of Michelangelo, I invite audiences to discover
how he thwarted those who attempted to force failure upon him, by meeting
every challenge and surpassing all expectations. By rubbing shoulders
with a person of such inventiveness, humanity and intensity, audiences
will be motivated to cultivate character traits of genius — keen
awareness, powerful imagination, self-determination, and integrity.