“Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.” -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.” -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, Italy. Principal design by: Michelangelo, Donato Bramante, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

~Ana Livingston, Fine Artist & Muralist

 

 

“Art is the Signature of Civilizations.” -Beverly Sills

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The glorious Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

~Ana

Michelangelo Buonarroti: A gift from heaven that left us 450 years ago today.

Birth of a Renaissance Master: Michelangelo – March 6th, 1475

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on the 6th of March in 1475. In my opinion he is the epitome of the High Renaissance.

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“David”. Created between 1501 and 1504 from Carrara marble. Currently located in the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze.

Thank you, sir, for your endless inspiration and contribution to our culture. You are missed but could never be forgotten.

Renaissance master, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni – 6 March 1475–18 February 1564.

Love,

~Ana

“Michelangelo” – A Poem by Ana Livingston

Here is my published poem entitled “Michelangelo”. It has been printed in multiple publications:

"Michelangelo" by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

“Michelangelo” by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

Additionally, I have read this piece at poetry exhibitions as well as being a featured poet on the Suncoast’s own WTAN, Tan Talk Radio, here in Florida.  I recited from memory on all occasions.

Poet Ana Livingston reciting her published poem "Michelangelo" to a crowd of poetry lovers.

Poet Ana Livingston reciting her published poem “Michelangelo” to a crowd of poetry lovers at an outdoor poetry exhibition in Clearwater, FL.

~Ana

Author Ross King’s “Leonardo and The Last Supper”

I have tremendous admiration for the stellar figures of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci being one of the most prominent.  The book “Leonardo and The Last Supper” (author, Ross King) was recently recommended to me as an intriguing look into the man and his life.  It’s on my list of “to-reads”.

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous wall mural “The Last Supper” situated in Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

~Ana

Murals and Michelangelo by Ana Livingston

I have often been asked which artist has been the most inspirational to me in my life.  My immediate answer has always been, and forever will be, Michelangelo.  His Sistine Chapel masterpiece, in my mind, is the single greatest artistic accomplishment in the world.

For four years he worked on scaffolding at a height of almost 70 feet. On his ceiling “canvas” of 12,000 square feet, he created over 400 life-sized figures alone.  Every inch of this work has endured, to this day, as sheer awe-inspiring beauty.

Regardless of content, mural art can be a spiritual journey for an artist.  It is an incredible achievement with regard to skill and execution, but also demands of the artist an unfathomable quantity of tolerance and endurance.

The Agony and the Ecstasy, indeed.

~Ana

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“The Creation of Adam”: One section of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling masterpiece.