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Quotes by michelangelo - (42 quotes)

Michelangelo - From the Appreciation category:

Good painting is nothing else but a copy of the perfections of God and a reminder of His painting. Finally, good painting is a music and a melody which intellect only can appreciate, and with great difficulty. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Architecture category:

It is therefore indisputable that the limbs of architecture are derived from the limbs of man. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Artists category:

An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Beauty category:

Beauty is the purgation of superfluities. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Beginning category:

I sometimes set myself thinking and imagining that I find amongst men but one single art or science, and that is drawing or painting, all others being members proceeding therefrom. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Complaining category:

-on why he had not married...
I have a wife too many already, namely this art, which harries me incessantly, and my works are my children. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Complaining category:

-on being asked by Pope Paul IV to mend his painting...
Tell his supreme holiness that this is a mere trifle and can easily be done; let him mend the world, paintings are easily mended. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Contemplation category:

True art is made noble and religious by the mind producing it. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Copying category:

Only God creates. The rest of us just copy. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Deception category:

What one has most to work and struggle for in painting is to do the work with a great amount of labour and sweat in such a way that it may afterward appear, however much it was laboured upon, to have been done almost quickly and almost without any labour, and very easily, although it was not. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Design category:

The science of design, or of line-drawing, if you like to use this term, is the source and very essence of painting, sculpture, architecture... Sometimes... it seems to me that... all the works of the human brain and hand are either design itself or a branch of that art. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Difficulty category:

My beard towards heaven, I feel my nape support / The back of my head, I grow the breast of a harpy / And my brush as it drips continually / Upon my face, makes it a gorgeous floor. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Dissatisfaction category:

-remark before stripping a whole section of the Sistine Chapel he was working on...
If the wine is not good, then throw it out! (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Drawing category:

Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know that he holds a great treasure. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Drawing category:

Draw, Antonio, draw – draw and don't waste time! (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Earth category:

My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth's loveliness. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Eccentricity category:

I dare affirm that any artist... who has nothing singular, eccentric, or at least reputed to be so, in his person, will never become a superior talent. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Education category:

I am still learning. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Effort category:

If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Frustration category:

So you must now defend, John, both my dead painting and my honour. I being in no good place, and not a painter. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Growth category:

As when, O lady mine! /With chiselled touch /The stone unhewn and cold / Becomes a living mould. / The more the marble wastes, / The more the statue grows. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Imagination category:

Painters are not in any way unsociable through pride, but either because they find few pursuits equal to painting, or in order not to corrupt themselves with the useless conversation of idle people, and debase the intellect from the lofty imaginations in which they are always absorbed. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Imagination category:

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Insecurity category:

-to his assistant...
I am no artist - please come and help me. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Interest category:

It is better decoration when, in painting, some monstrosity is introduced for variety and a relaxation of the senses and to attract the attention of mortal eyes, which at times desire to see that which they have never seen... (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Journey category:

It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Movement category:

How wrong are those simpletons, of whom the world is full, who look more at... color than at the figures which show spirit and movement. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Nudes category:

And who is so barbarous as not to understand that the foot of a man is nobler than his shoe, and his skin nobler than that of the sheep with which he is clothed. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Nudes category:

He who does not master the nude cannot understand the principles of architecture. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Perfection category:

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Perfection category:

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Power category:

Poets and painters have the power to dare, I mean to dare to do whatever they may approve of... (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Prayer category:

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Religion category:

The mind, the soul, becomes ennobled by the endeavour to create something perfect, for God is perfection, and whoever strives after perfection is striving for something devine. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Sculpture category:

A great sculpture can roll down a hill without breaking. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Sculpture category:

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Sculpture category:

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Senses category:

A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Standards category:

In my opinion painting should be considered excellent in proportion as it approaches the effect of relief, while relief should be considered bad in proportion as it approaches the effect of painting. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Stress category:

Painting and sculpture, labour and good faith, have been my ruin and I continually go from bad to worse. Better it would have been for me if I had set myself to making matches in my youth. I should not be in such distress of mind. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Thinking category:

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo - From the Truth category:

Whenever a great painter... does a work which appears to be false and lying, that falsity is very true. (Michelangelo)