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The Detroit Institute of Arts shared their drawings from Michelangelo, a preparatory work destined for the Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted between 1508 and 1512.  I am currently reading “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling” from Ross King, the back stories of these scrappy Titans of history are a guilty pleasure.

These images from the DIA reminded me of my blog post, Drunken Tourist Herds at the Sistine Chapel, and the various bits and pieces of history attached to this exquisite gem in the Vatican treasure chest.   In addition, for those interested in the Rabbit Hole of Research, the New York Times archive contains an interesting article regarding the Spark of Life in Michelangelo’s painting “The Creation of Adam.”  Was the artist allegorically portraying the moment when God bestowed Adam with intelligence?  Read more to draw your own conclusions.

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Lastly, the very latest in Virtual Tours is now available from the Vatican Museums to enhance your ecclesiastical art history experience.  No crowds, no hurried tour group, just infinite, infinite exquisite art.

Vatican Museum virtual tour

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Enjoy #TBT



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Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet from Walters Art Museum

Morgan Library and Museum is on my special list of New York museums that must be experienced, and with that stated, the following bit of research being done in their archive gives a new twist on smell and memories.  Christine Nelson, curator of literary and historical manuscripts at the Morgan, and a group of students from the GSAPP, gathered in the conservation lab, deeply inhaling the scents of a selection of old books to consider what the environment may have smelled as in 1906, the year that John Pierpont Morgan’s stately McKim, Mead and White-designed library was completed. Continue reading


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