Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I can't wait for this fall!!

Kimbell director on "cloud nine" over Michelangelo painting

FORT WORTH - Michelangelo is famous for painting the ornate, delicate ceilings of the Sistine Chapel in Italy. There are only four stand-alone paintings by Michelangelo in the entire world; one of them has just landed at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

In international art circles, it’s a major coup.

Michelangelo paintings and sculptures just aren't sold. The last one may have changed hands back in the 18th century. That was the case until the Kimbell bought the "Torment of Saint Anthony" from an art dealer last week.

"You could not find a rarer object than a painting by Michelangelo," said Dr. Eric McCauley Lee, the artistic director for the Kimbell Art Museum. "It has a powerful aura."

It was painted in 1487 by Michelangelo at the age of 12 or 13.

"I would probably say it started his career," Dr. Lee said.

You BET I'm going to go see this one when it's put on display this fall. It's going to go visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC first for its big debut (dang, sure do wish I could go see it there).

Also on the schedule for fall is the next installment of Fringe. I watched the season finale last night and was hugely enthused to see Leonard Nimoy as William Bell. Also, the hints that Peter might actually have been brought over from an alternate reality... and the ultra-kewl shot at the very end implying that William Bell's office was in the World Trade Center towers in the alternate reality where they had not been destroyed... nicely done, Abrams.

But you're going to make me CRAZY waiting. That's probably the point.

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