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To see a scorned beaten and crucified man lying dead in the arms of his mother is an image which can inspire overwhelming emotions within the heart of an observer Yet for the longest time Ive had such difficulty looking at Michelangelos art in this way To me art has never been about expressing oneself or conveying a message to others but simply creating an image for the sake of beauty and perfection When I look at Michelangelos art I see a cold solid mass of marble carved by the skilled hands of a master Rather than this work of great beauty capable of eliciting a deeply emotional response I look at it in terms of the techniques Michelangelo used the understanding he had of the human form to render a piece ultimately comprising precision and realism It has been upon these standards that I have based my concept of what art is In my eyes art has always been just a unique ability that I have I feel driven by it not to express some deep emotion but almost as an obsession to perfect my own ability Every stroke of a brush and every motion I make are to make what Ive created more detailed graceful and real Im only now beginning to realize how much more there is to art than what I had previously understood When I look at a piece of my work I see the detail and realism of it yet somehow I feel that these aspects are all that it possesses I wonder whether or not Ive almost turned my sense of art into a science that lacks the essential characteristics of art which are expression and emotion Somehow now I have begun to see that the strictness and precision of my art truly is an expression of who I am and that through it one can
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