Saturday, May 9, 2009


I have been in Italy this last week and Florence for the last two days. This morning I saw Michelangelo's David. Here is what I wrote while sitting on a bench gazing up at him. I just thought I would share.

Looking at David I want to do better. Michelangelo had such amazing talent. I asked Steve and Megan (friends made on the tour) if we all have talents that can be used to this magnitude. We all agreed that every person does -but only with help from God. That thought, to me, personifies David. He embodies potential. He is the calm before the storm. With all the Godly potential inside of him he accomplishes some absolutely miraculous feats. It is so tragic to me that he fell from glory. God said he had mansions prepared for David. He had the potential to inherit all that God had. Michelangelo's blessed talent expressed through David (among his other works) is a manifestation of the great potential each of us have.

Steve, Megan, and I had a great discussion on that. We also had a great discussion on how no matter how hard you try and no matter the words you use, you can never recreate the experience you have while looking at a beautiful, inspired piece of art. It is a feeling that is only between the piece of art, the artist, you, and God. Its so personal. I think that is what has impressed me the most by this entire trip, how personal art is to me.


Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Ande, this is simply profound. Thank you for putting to words such a difficult thing to describe. I could feel what you were saying as well as read it.

I am so glad you have had this opportunity to learn so many new things.

Can't wait till your home. I love you.

Renny said...

Brilliant, matches my notes from scripture study this morning. Except I was pondering on Zion's camp. But, what I'm really trying to say is, you're right, art is a spiritual experience.

shelly said...

I think you have inherited your Mother's gift of pen. You have expressed yourself betterh than you think. Keep having a great time!!!

Rebecca said...

This is probably my favorite work of Michelangelo's, it's one of his few I can recall, but for a good reason. Thanks for refreshing and enhancing that love. You probably posted that just for me!

Cali said...


I cannot wait to hear all you have to say. When we finally sit down to talk, we will talk about art, art, and naked art. Then we will talk about London, France, and gelato. Then we will talk about impressions. I'm so glad you've writen down your thoughts.


Anonymous said...

I think you should be an art museum director. Change your major.

Aunt Lynn