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Archive for July 15, 2013

Shostakovich and Michelangelo

"The School of Athens" by Raphael depicts Heraclitus (center left) laboring over some lines of verse; the figure of Heraclitus is said to be the likeness of Michelangelo

The man who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel saw himself as a sculptor—he is one of the greatest, though his frescoes are no less exceptional; the same could be said of the dome he designed for St. Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo Buonarroti possessed talents of such a singular nature, one wouldn’t try to pin him to a single medium. When Dmitri Shostakovich turned to Michelangelo, it wasn’t the frescoes or the sculptures or the architecture that fired his imagination, but the poetry

Art and Music Month: Ernst Bacon and Ansel Adams

Glacier National Park

Hear music by Ernst Bacon at 2:00 PM on Monday inspired by the great American photographer Ansel Adams; they were very close friends, both being involved in environmental issues. Bacon was at Adams’ bedside when Adams died and wrote this work shortly thereafter. It doesn’t depict any particular work of Adams, only his personality and style.