Texas: Not Just Cowboy Art
When I first moved to Texas in 2009, I figured that local museums would mainly feature paintings with cowboys, Indians and longhorns, especially in Fort Worth since that Texas city claims to be, “where the west begins.”
Only Michelangelo Painting in the Western Hemisphere
So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that north Texas museums have well-rounded collections featuring a wide variety of art – from ancient times up through the present. Fort Worth, in fact, is home to the only Michelangelo painting in the western hemisphere!
The painting, filled with fascinating-yet-creepy creatures, was painted by Michelangelo Buonarotti around 1487 or 1488, when was only 12 or 13 years old. It’s called the Torment of Saint Anthony and was inspired from an engraving by Martin Schongauer.
Michelangelo did more than just copy Schongauer’s engraving. He added interesting anatomical details, such as fish scales, to the demonic creatures pestering the saint.
Michelangelo, of course, is famous more for his sculptures (such as the Pieta and David) than his paintings. He is only known to have created four paintings in his lifetime.
The Torment of Saint Anthony now hangs in the Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. It’s in the viewing area that is free to the public. If you are ever in Fort Worth, Texas check it out.
More A to Z blog posts
This was my post for the letter T of the A to Z blogging challenge. Tune in tomorrow to see what quirky Texan thing the letter U will bring!
In the meantime, click on this link to find out what all the other A to Z blogging challenge folks are posting. There are so many great blogs out there to read and enjoy!