Michelan­gelo Re­vealed

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Tues­day, 7pm, Stu­dio Ac­tor Liev Schreiber nar­rates this in­ter­est­ing doc­u­men­tary on Michelan­gelo’s re­la­tion­ship with the Catholic Church. It ques­tions the dis­crep­an­cies be­tween the stat­ues he cre­ated and his de­scrip­tions of them in his bi­og­ra­phy, dic­tated to a young scribe. His main client, the Holy See, saw in his art a pow­er­ful tool for mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion. But was the great artist tor­mented by not be­ing able to ex­press his true faith in pub­lic? He burned all his notes so no one would know his most in­ti­mate thoughts about what he be­lieved the church should be­come. And when he died in Rome aged 89, on Fe­bru­ary 18, 1564, why was his body smug­gled out of the city un­der bales of hay? Some crit­ics reckon this is a load of old tosh, but it does raise ques­tions.

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