Paintings

Description of the sculpture of Michelangelo Buanarroti "Brutus"


Brutus remained in history as the killer of Caesar, who trusted him and never recorded him as a traitor. According to legend, dying, he crawled to the ground with a wheezing “And you, Brutus!”, Which became a common expression, and now, after many years, almost a joke.

At the time of Michelangelo, when the Renaissance in many respects imitated the art of Ancient Rome, Brutus and his history were treated much more seriously. Moreover, Brutus' act was seen as a struggle against tyranny, and was commissioned by Michelangelo to a man who genuinely admired it.

However, times were such that such sentiments were not encouraged. At a certain stage of work, although the “Brutus” was not yet completed, the craftsmen persuaded to stop, because, being finished, the work could be dangerous for him. He could be considered unreliable, a man of wrong views, and this was always dangerous.

Brutus is depicted in a toga held by a patterned brooch on his shoulder. He is curly, he has the correct facial features for the Roman. Eagle nose, high and sharp cheekbones, narrow lips that look pursed. The eyes are blind, like any sculpture made of stone, and look blindly into the void.

His whole face looks somewhat bewildered and at the same time arrogant, as if he does not like the strange times surrounding him at all, and the fact that his betrayal has become a byword and managed to become both a drama and a comedy completely offends. One eyebrow is slightly higher than the other. The folds on the toga lie as naturally as if it were real fabric, not stone.

Brutus looks forward as if from the depths of centuries into the future, and his gaze is far from being pleasant. For the sake of such a future, was it worth overthrowing the Roman Empire? It is unlikely that he himself knows the answer, and each of those who look at him is free to give this answer to himself in accordance with his convictions and faith.





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Watch the video: Vincent Scully. Michelangelo, Yale University Lecture (September 2020).