Friday, February 19, 2010

A Michelangelo Giveaway!

St. Peter's Basilica (Rome)
This time of year my thoughts turn to Michelangelo... so my photos today are all of his work both in Rome and in Florence.

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475 and died on February 18, 1564, just shy of his 89th birthday. I have blogged about the beginning and end of his life before:
This year, 535 years after Michelangelo's birth, let's celebrate his life with a giveaway!
The Prize!

The prize:
a hardcover copy of the new release Michelangelo: the Artist, the Man, and his Times by William Wallace

Wallace's book is fantastic -- a great read cover to cover -- and I have a gorgeous copy just for you! Read more about it in my interview with William Wallace:
To win:
Leave a comment below answering the following question...

What work of Michelangelo do you most want to see in person and why?

The Sistine Chapel (Rome)
Florentine Pieta (Florence)
It's that simple! Please include your email address in the comment form or make sure it is attached to your Google ID (your email isn't shared with anyone, and I will not send you email unless you win).

Contest entries close Sunday, February 21 at 11:59 pm PST.
The Campidoglio (Rome)

Winners (Hopefully that's you!)
We will choose a winner randomly and announce the results here on Wednesday, February 24, 2010.
David (Florence)

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Risen Christ (Rome)

Rules (because we must have some)
Moses (Rome)
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Good luck!


DeeZee said...

oh my, what piece of michaelango's do I NOT want to see? I guess I'll say the Sistine Chapel, because, in my 2 visits to Rome, I"ve not yet been! (once, it was FAR too crowded, and the 2nd time, I watched our younger kids while my husband took our older one)

Sarah said...

I haven't seen the Sistine Chapel ceiling since it's restoration and would like to see that! Happy birthday Michaelangelo.

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Looks like a beautiful book...would love to see the Sistine Chapel ceiling. We didn't get to see it during our last trip to Rome but hoping we can return again soon.

kerry dexter said...

I'd choose the Vatican Pieta, both for the love, sorrow, faith, and hope it conveys and for the amazing technique of doing this with stone.

Lynn said...

The pieces I'd most love to see are the 'Unfinished Slaves' in the Galleria dell'Accademia. They represent Michelangelo at his most mature and in their partially finished state reveal his artistry and genius eternally emerging from the stone.

Carolyn said...

Michelangelo's David - because that would mean I was in Florence.

Lisa Chavis said...

We were fortunate enough to see David at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, but missed the Sistene Chapel due to massive crowds (next time we know to get there EARLY). Great post! Really enjoy your blog!

Melanie said...

There's something about his Moses at San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome that has always mesmerized me. I think because the work itself seems to have some hidden meanings behind it, like Moses' so called "horns."
I'd also really really love to get up close and personal with the Pieta. It's tucked too far away in St. Peter's one can hardly see it.

jessiev said...

yay - happy birthday!

Postcards and Coasters said...

I painted my daughters ceiling in her bedroom and I can't imagine the time it took for him to paint the Sistine Chapel! He was an amazing artist! I would be happy to see any of his work!

Caitlin @ Roaming Tales said...

I'm lucky enough to have seen many Michelangelo works in person, but I would love to see David again. Phenomenal!

Caitlin @ Roaming Tales said...

@Postcards and Coasters, I believe he did have a team of apprentice artists helping him!

Schmelz1 said...

I believe I have seen most all of his works in Italy because on one trip I "chased" Michelangelo including his birth place, Carrara, Bologna, Siena and, of course, Milan, Florence, Rome, and possibly others. Therefore my choice to see again would be the Sistine Chapel, which I hope to see this fall on m;y 14th trip to Rome.

Michael said...

Hands down, The David. I've never been to Florence, but saw the full sized plaster cast replica in London's Victoria & Albert Museum. For my upcoming 50th birthday, my wife asked me where I wanted to go. I replied that the real question was "What do I want to see?" My answer was a specific Monet painting in the Musee d'Orsay (that was on loan during our visit to Paris) and that I wanted to see The David in Florence. Paris and Florence - what a trip that would be.

jeannette said...

David, definitely. I have yet to go to Florence, and that would be my first stop if I found myself in Italy again!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing book - the older I get the more great Art I want to see - and my favourite would be "David"

Fiona said...

The Sistine Chapel! Definitely...Imagine painting something that you knew everyone would have to strain their neck to see.

jkiel said...

I would love to get back to Rome to see the Moses work... every time we tried, the church was closed or some other 'event' prevented us from seeing it!

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