It’s been a crazy week!
Weekend before this past one, I was in Denver.
I feel like it’s a joke for me to write about Denver, because I really didn’t see the city. We ate at two really good local places – Wahoo’s Tacos and Steuben’s – and I had about an hour and half to check out The Pavilions, but otherwise I was inside our hotel, working an event. I don’t regret that – the event was wonderful – but I’d like to go back to get more of a feel for Denver.
One thing I did have time to see was a Michelangelo exhibit in The Pavilions. I just missed an exhibit on Da Vinci’s machines, which I would have loved to see. But seeing Michelangelo’s work was definitely great. They didn’t have his actual pieces, but they did have his actual casts, as well as information on his architectural work and the Sistine Chapel.
Denver seems like a pretty artsy city – between the architecture and the wall art like this:
I really enjoyed the Michelangelo exhibit. In particular, I was fascinated by their discussion of his approach to architecture. Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor, always. When he planned a building, he wouldn’t do multiple drawings – instead he’d keep drawing new approaches onto the same paper, overlaying his ideas. Then he’d make a fresh drawing using the best of his ideas from the overlay. He’d sometimes build small models of his buildings so he could study how the light and shadows would fall.
This was very cool – they had an iPad set up that you could use to view the entire Sistine Chapel artwork with. I had no idea of all the politics behind the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo didn’t want to paint the chapel at first – he was a sculptor, not a painter. In fact, there’s a theory that the Pope was convinced to give the commission to Michelangelo by an adviser who disliked Michelangelo and wanted to discredit him by giving Michelangelo a commission for a very difficult type of painting in which he had very little experience. Instead, Michelangelo began the work – and then dismissed his assistants to undertake a much harder plan than he’d originally intended. And of course he’s still known for it today.