The Rogue Speaks:
I knew someone would catch me on "skitoma," and I really should have not been so careless when I put that word down. I should have told you that it is NOT in the scrabble dictionary, and therefore not usable. You may use the word "scotoma" which is a medical word that for all intents and purposes means almost the same thing. My Best Friend Artist caught my error and set me straight. The word "skitoma" is found on Google, however. That much I do know. And if it's good enough for Google, it's good enough for me!
Now for my next error: Michelangelo was way too perfect an artist to have missed the size of those hands, and the fact is that he didn't. There was method in his madness, and my Best Friend Artist, art history teacher extraordinaire, let me have it! Please accept my profound apologies for having led you astray. Here is the REAL poop on David, right from the expert:
"... Michelangelo knew exactly what he was doing with David's hands. The original statue was planned to be almost 20 feet tall and to stand on an eight foot base. Thus, he knew that people would be standing far below Davey boy and looking up. The hands would have looked normal size from that perspective. What he never could have known was that the camera would be invented and photographers generally shoot photos of David while standing on a ladder so that they are looking straight on at the sculpture. From that angle the hands look bigger than life. If you ever want to address the "horns" that Michelangelo carved onto the head of his statue of Moses, there's a reason behind those, too! But that's a different art history lesson altogether."
I am sure that my Best Friend Artist can give you an explanation about Michelangelo's sculpture, Night. I am wondering why it looks like a really buff guy with breast implants, when it is supposed to be a woman. Did Michelangelo not like women? I knew that he claimed to be celibate, and he lived to be 89 years old in a time when people were lucky to see 50. If anyone knows the answer, please respond to this post and let me know. This means you, Di.
While we are on the subject of Mickey, I would like to know about those horns on Moses. Did it have anything to do with his being unusually amorous for Mrs. Moses?