Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

CARVED IN STONE…the Sweat and Toil

Pieta Christ and the virgin

Michelangelo’s Pieta. … In 1497, a cardinal named Jean de Billheres commissioned Michelangelo to create a work of sculpture to go into a side chapel at Old St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

To chisel in stone a creation takes more than the idea…but also the sweat and toil that goes with it.  To carve any statue or a part of a building took hands and a hammer…with usually a price to pay.   Recently I watched where statues that were carefully created are being removed and stored in some place to possibly be forgotten.  Our children will not be able to see the beauty of a carved work of art, regardless of who may be represented in the statue.
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In the Middle East, ISIS destroyed works of art carved into hillsides and in temples and museums.   Gone from the earth because of dissent, mistrust, and complete disrespect for beauty or labor in stone…never to be seen again.

ISIS destroying statues Iraq or Syria

If ISIS could take over cities in Europe or the Vatican, would they also destroy the priceless statues and antiquities that were made in the name of the Christian faith, as they have done in the Middle East to museum works of art that are thousands of years old?   See video link of destruction

The amazing works of art and marble statues could have been lost forever during World War II if it had not been for those who hid them or those who discovered them when it was ordered that they should be destroyed if Hitler should lose the war.  The most famous true story of this is when the American army sent art experts to find where the Nazi regime had hidden them.  This is better known by the film called Monuments Men.  

Perhaps the greatest sculptor in stonework in history was Michaelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, 1475-1564.  He aimed high for perfection in all that he made out of stone and in the paintings that he painted.  He had the greatest influence on art in the Renaissance period and beyond.  Not only did he produce some of the greatest stone works of art, but his masterpieces upon the walls of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican are beyond beautiful and inspiring.

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The Last Judgment by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

vatican-sistine-chapel ceiling paintings by Michaelangelo

Sistine Chapel Ceiling Paintings by Michelangelo

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The word Renaissance means “Rebirth”. His story in the video below is not only his search for meaning in life, but about his ability as a sculptor to make stone into an almost breathing piece of life.  His life as a sculptor and artist, after hundreds of years, should be an inspiration to all of us to protect the monuments in stone that speak of history, faith, and of artistic beauty… that if lost…can not be replaced.  Consider…if for no other reason, the hands that chiseled and the sweat that poured to make something wonderful for the world to enjoy is worth protecting and preserving.  Perhaps we need a new “rebirth” period in our modern age.

 

 

AMEN and AMEN

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