The Figures of Michelangelo in Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

Every pose is fraught with possibility.

In Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces (public library), Miles Unger brings the reader through the challenges Michelangelo faced in his work, due to outside forces as well as his own personality, as he created the Pieta, David, the fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the Medici tombs, the fresco of the Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, and worked on St. Peter's Basilica.

Unger writes:

Studying the body with the precision of an anatomist, uncovering its deep structure, allowed Michelangelo to probe human nature more thoroughly than any artist before him and to create figures in which every gesture expresses an inward state and every pose is fraught with possibility (32-3).

The Pieta by Michelangelo - Credit: Stanislav Traykov - CC BY SA 3.0