Saturday, November 1, 2008

Judges XIV, 14

Eugène Delacroix [1898-1863], Michelangelo in his Studio, 1850

“I am here in great distress and with great physical strain, and have no friends of any kind, nor do I want them; and I do not have enough time to eat as much as I need; my joy and my sorrow, my repose are these discomforts.”
- Michelangelo [1475-1564]:  vir melancholicus

In his 1871 essay, Walter Pater remarks on Michelangelo's mellowing:
[the] sweetness it had taken so long to secrete in him was found at last. Out of the strong came forth sweetness, ex forti dulcedo.