Michelangelo Quote Angel Freedom

We love Michelangelo’s ability to turn stone into poetry. However, did you know the man also had a way with words among his other vast amount talents? We thought we would take the time to share with you our favorite Michelangelo sculptures and quotes. Enjoy!

David By Michelangelo 58

David By Michelangelo 58″ High Sculpture

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” 

“Ancora Imparo
(Yet I am learning)” 

“If I am more alive because love burns and chars me,
as a fire, given wood or wind, feels new elation,
it’s that he who lays me low is my salvation,
and invigorates the more, the more he scars me.” 

“It is necessary to keep one’s compass in one’s eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.” 

“The greatest artist does not have any concept
Which a single piece of marble does not itself contain
Within its excess, though only
A hand that obeys the intellect can discover it.”  I Sonetti Di Michelangelo: The 78 Sonnets of Michelangelo with Verse Translation

“With few words I shall make thee understand my soul.” 


Pieta By Michelangelo Sculpture Marble 18.5

Pieta By Michelangelo Sculpture Marble 18.5″ High

“Dear to me is sleep: still more, being made of stone,
While pain and guilt still linger here below,
Blindness and numbness–these please me alone;
Then do not wake me, keep your voices low.” 

“The true work of art
is but a shadow of the divine perfection” 

“O night, O sweetest time, though black of hue,
with peace you force all the restless work to end;
those who exalt you see and understand,
and he is sound of mind who honours you.
You cut the thread of tired thoughts, for so
you offer calm in your moist shade; you send
to this low sphere the dreams where we ascend
up to the highest, where I long to go.
Shadow of death that brings to quiet close
all miseries that plague the heart and soul,
for those in pain the last and best of cures;
you heal the flesh of its infirmities,
dry and our tears and shut away our toil,
and free the good from wrath and fretting cares.”  Complete Poems and Selected Letters


Moses Sculpture On Alabaster Base 12

Moses Sculpture On Alabaster Base 12″ High

“Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.” 

“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

We hope you enjoyed these sculptures and quotes from Michelangelo. What is your favorite Michelangelo sculpture and/or quote?

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