Michelangelo: Sonnet 151, c. 1538 – 44
Non ha l’ ottimo artista alcun concetto
che un marmo solo in sé non circonscriva
col suo soverchio; e solo a quello arriva
la man che obbedisce all’ intelletto.
Not even the best of artists has any conception
that a single marble block does not contain
within its excess, and that is only attained
by the hand that obeys the intellect.
- Michelangelo worked under the premise that the images of his statues were already in the block of stone he was working on and it was his work that released them
- Contemporary bodybuilders talk of ‘sculpting’ their own bodies