Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Torment of St. Anthony

Michelangelo's artistic output was extraordinary, but I never realized that he produced only 4 known easel paintings. Two are in London's National Gallery, one is in the Uffizi in Florence, and come this autumn, the other with be in Fort Worth, Texas. The Kimbell Museum has pulled off a major coup in the acquisition of The Torment of Saint Anthony, painted in about 1487 or 1488, when Michelangelo was 12 or 13 years old. I found it interesting, obviously, because of the subject matter, but also as it provided more proof of the treasure that is the Kimbell Museum. Read about it here.


Ranger said...

gonna have to take a road trip!

manoa said...

it is currently on loan to the Met in NYC, so make sure it is at the Kimbell before you go. You WON'T be dissapointed; it has been cleaned(I think since this picture was taken) and is even more spactacular live because the colours all POP in that typical Michaelangelo way. It is exhibited there with the sketch that inspired it, and is even more interesting as a result.