Tiger resting on Buddha statue
Bacchus can be seen as the topic of intense, inward absorption in the figures of the inebriated wine god and the hungry satyr, both of whom can be seen reveling in their own states of sensual consumption as they cherish the food they stare at and hold in their grasp.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on this day in 1475. In celebration, we’re sharing a free chapter via Stanford Scholarship Online from In Your Face: Professional Improprieties and the Art of Being Conspicuous in Sixteenth-Century Italy on Michelangelo’s Bacchus, the sculpture produced originally for one of the most powerful patrons in Rome, Cardinal Raffaele Riario.
Image credit: Michelangelo’s Bacchus by shakko. Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying
That we are born to eternal life.
(St. Francis of Assisi)