(Palimpsest) Page & Figures (Michelangelo)


For his unfinished sketches for studies, Michelangelo drew each figure one by one. But ultimately the figures are only as interesting as their organization on the page. For the studies, he used the same page to sketch figures next to and sometimes even over each other. This crowding and grouping give to the page as a whole something of its casual intimacy or the quick, busy, lively, and delicate look of a palimpsest.


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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