John R. Taylor, THE HAND THAT OBEYS THE INTELLIGENT Flexible sculpture and the Florentine Pietà
FLORENCE, ITALY, Sept. 7, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recent research into the unfinished Florentine Pietà has revealed insights into Michelangelo’s approach to sculpture and how it was affected by the marble block on which he worked. In this new English book published by Angelo Pontecorboli Editore (soon also available in Italian), sculptor and scholar John R. Taylor provides insight into the history of the marble used and how it affected the techniques employed by Michel -Angel.
In what was to be a work for his own tomb, Michelangelo’s Florentine Pietà was begun in 1547, only to be abandoned eight years later and then sold by the eighty-year-old sculptor to a patron who hoped to have it repaired. its damage. . The complex story of each phase that shaped and altered the sculpture he intended to make, as well as the disparity between his original vision and what it looks like to us today, has never been told so completely than today.
Two important revelations came to light during the latest restoration of the Opera del Duomo. First, the marble in the piece did not come from the well-known Carrara quarries, but in fact from the nearby Seravezza quarries – a detail that offers some clues as to how the block ended up in the workshop of the artist. Second, the fault lines and pyrite deposits that became evident in the scans shed more light on the inherent problems with the block he chose that may be the reason he ultimately abandoned it.
Casting a forensic eye on the sculpture during its restoration, John Taylor brings his distinct perspective as a sculptor with decades of experience in marble carving and on-site observations in the marble quarries of the Apuan Alps to the mystery. of the unfinished Pieta. Beginning with a history of the mountains themselves and elaborating on the sculpting techniques and approaches that Michelangelo will have used, more of the history of this fascinating work of art is revealed.
John R. Taylor is a British artist and scholar who has lived and worked in Italy for over 30 years. Recipient of a scholarship to the British School in Rome in 1990, his artistic practice quickly brought him to the town of Pietrasanta where he began to study the history of the Apuan Alps. He continued this research over the years while working as a professor of sculpture and drawing in Florence, a technician in the studios of many renowned artists and an exhibitor in his own right in Italy and abroad. His unique blend of practical experience and historical knowledge has led him to be a sought-after resource for organizations ranging from UNESCO to restoration teams and universities across Tuscany.
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