Monday, May 6, 2019

Museum Monday: The Kimbell Art Museum’s The Torment of Saint Anthony by Michelangelo

One of the things that you’re taught when you decide to start a blog is that you need to have thematic days. Something for every day of the week. I have never been good at that. This week I’m changing things up.

Mondays will forever be known (until I give up or run out of art!) as Museum Mondays. Most museums aren’t open on Mondays, but it’s the perfect day to write about them, mostly because of the alliterativeness of it! What I’ll be doing on Museum Mondays is featuring a work of art I decided to take a picture of and give you, the reader, my thoughts on this art. Sometimes these thoughts will be serious, but mostly they will be fun and a bit silly.
Here goes…
The Torment of Saint Anthony, 1487- Michelangelo

Last Friday I was attending Global Gallery Night, where high school students teach about a particular art piece within the museum, held annually at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. One of my favorite works of art there is The Torment of Saint Anthony (1487) by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Yes, that Michelangelo. We have one in Fort Worth!

Anyway…this painting is one of the earliest works by Michelangelo, painted when he was just a young teen. You can tell. The demons are fantastical. Their faces are comical. They have oversized organs (I mean, not to get gross, but the anus of that red demon on the bottom right is somewhat ridiculously large). Saint Anthony, though, looks like you would expect a Saint to look in a Renaissance painting. Then add the boy factor, and you have what could, according to a friend of mine when we were looking at the painting Friday, be an overlaid work of art with demons added by a modern artist.

If you ever get the chance to see this painting in person, either at The Kimbell, or at another museum when it is out touring the world, just remember…A thirteen-year-old boy painted this painting, which is pretty amazing in itself.