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Daily Helping for July 13th, 2021 – Dying Slave and Rebellious Slave – Michelangelo

A photo of Dying Slave and Rebellious Slave by Michelangelo.

Cultural venues are finally open! If you’ve been reading the Daily Hart regularly, you know that I have been waiting for this for months now. But cultural venues are finally open and I couldn’t be happier. I can finally see art in person, not just through my computer screen, and it is an incredible feeling. In fact, you know how they always talk about the runner’s high? I’m convinced that there’s such a thing as an art high, because there’s no other way to describe what it’s like to experience art in person. At least, that’s how it is for me.

Take for example the statues above. And yes, I am breaking my rules for today’s helping, because of course I was familiar with Michelangelo before today. But I also spent an entire day at the Louvre and couldn’t find a single female artist to feature, so let’s just say I’m still a little salty about that.

But what I did see was the Italian Renaissance exhibit that I had been waiting to see for almost two years, and it was incredible. There were so many incredible pieces on display, but the highlight by far was the two statues, Dying Slave and Rebellious Slave by Michelangelo. As works of art, they are simply breathtaking. What they represent is heartbreaking. So perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that I teared up standing in front of them.

I still can’t believe I am lucky enough to live in a city where I can see masterpieces like this in person. All I can say is that I’m never taking the ability to see art in person for granted again.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!