Quotes of the Day for 5 December 2002 – Julius II
Giuliano della Rovere was born at Liguiria, Italy on this day in 1443. After the example of his uncle, he entered the Franciscan order and was well educated. When his uncle was elected pope in 1471, Giuliano became a cardinal at age 28. Due to the influence of the uncle, combined with great political skill and few scruples, he became bishop of a number of cities and extremely wealthy. Through most of his adult life he was also a soldier, leading armies while negotiating treaties with France, England, Spain, and Venice. He finally became Pope Julius II in 1503. He was the patron of the painter Raphael Sanzio, the architect Donato Bramante, and the sculptor, Michelangelo Buonarroti, although he insisted that Michelangelo paint instead of sculpt. In the 1965 movie "The Agony and the Ecstasy" Julius (played by Rex Harrison) declares that despite all he has done, he will be remembered as the pope who hired Michelangelo to paint a ceiling. And all I could come up with to mark the occasion are these selections from Michelangelo.
Defend my dead painting
now, Giovanni, and my honor
not being in a good place nor I a painter.
(during painting of Sistine Ceiling)
The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.4
What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed?
Genius is eternal patience.
- Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1474 - 1564
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