Ese’s Shoot & Quote Challenge – Imagination

For this week’s challenge, Ese wants us to use our imagination . . . to set our imaginations free . . . to let our imaginations take flight . . . okay, I think I understand the task.

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  Michelangelo

While I don’t think Michelangelo was speaking about La Pieta I can certainly imagine that he saw this beautiful, poignant moment and set about to release the image from the marble.

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This extraordinary piece is behind thick, bullet-proof glass after an attempt was made to destroy it.  I apologize for the picture quality.  It’s hard to capture a clear shot when this kind of protection is required in a church.

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I guess sometimes those with imaginations to create are met by those with imaginations to destroy.  Excepting for my inability to photograph through glass, La Pieta is still with us, a testament to the perseverance of creativity.

Check out more great images at Ese’s Voice.

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6 Responses to Ese’s Shoot & Quote Challenge – Imagination

  1. andy1076 says:

    Hard to imagine, for me why on earth anyone would want to damage such a beautiful piece of art. 😦

    • I ask the same question. I can understand some damage that occurred when La Pieta was moved, but to come to the basilica with the sole purpose of attacking a piece of religious, cultural, and historic value is beyond me. The attacker was supposedly mentally ill.

  2. Lynne Ayers says:

    Extraordinary indeed. I cried when I saw it. It is exquisite and moving. Good choice for imagination.

    • Thank you. It truly is. I think my favorite ‘classical’ statue is Pluto and Persephone by Bernini. That piece leaves me in awe, but like you tears came to my eye with La Pieta.

  3. Ese' s Voice says:

    This is really magnificent – in marble as well as in words. I can only admire and let my imagination run free…

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