The artist, argued Gonzalez, had secretly arranged the figures of the resurrected into the distinctive profile of the Florentine author of The Divine Comedy, a hidden tribute to the writer whose great poem Michelangelo so admired he had learnt great tracts of it by heart.In the "Faith" section of The Times. Pardon me while I...
As a devout Catholic, Gonzalez was troubled by his discovery. How could the artist give such prominence to anyone other than Christ in his depiction of the final reckoning? After scrutinising the painting for weeks, he found the answer: concealed in The Last Judgement was not just a portrait of Dante, but a giant depiction of Jesus as well. Gonzalez had missed it for nearly a month, but now he could see the contours of this huge image clearly. The spaces between the figures in the fresco formed the unmistakable outline of the saviour on the cross.
Gonzalez described his findings in a book published in Italy in 1951. It is now out of print, and his ideas have barely merited a footnote in the annals of art history. But the notion that Michelangelo placed hidden images in the Sistine Chapel is beginning to take hold.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Is this tired or what?
~from The Times of purported hidden figures in the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes.