Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vittoria Colonna (1490-1547)

Luciani Sebastiano, Ritratto di Vittoria Colonna, c. 1535 [ARTstor]
"It is not unique, the mould which, empty of the work of art, finally stands ready to be filled by silver or gold melted by fire, and then brings forth the work only by being sundered; I, also, through the fire of love, replenish the desire within me, empty if infinite beauty, with her whom I adore, soul and heart of my fragile life. This noble and dear lady descends into me through such narrow spaces that, for her to be brought forth, I too must be broken and shattered."
-- Michelangelo, Madrigal, for Vittoria Colonna, 1538-41/4

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