Uit: The Agony and the Ecstasy
“Julius was dressed in a white linen cassock, his pleated knee-length tunic had tight sleeves, while the elbow-length scarlet velvet cape was trimmed in ermine, as was the scarlet velvet skullcap.
“Ah, Buonarroti, you have returned to us. You are pleased with the statue in Bologna, are you not?”
“It will bring honor on us.”
“You see,” cried Julius triumphantly, throwing out his arms energetically to include the entire room. “You had no confidence in yourself. When I made this splendid opportunity available to you, you cried out, ‘It is not my trade!'” The Pope’s mimicking of Michelangelo’s slightly hoarse voice brought appreciative laughter from the court. “Now you see how you have made it your trade, by creating a fine bronze.”
“You are generous, Holy Father,” murmured Michelangelo with a twinge of impatience, his mind occupied with the pile of stained marbles lying just a few hundred yards away.
“I intend to continue being generous,” cried the Pope heartily. “I am going to favor you above all the painting masters of Italy.”
” . . . ‘painting’ masters?”
“Yes. I have decided that you are the best artist to complete the work begun by your countrymen Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, whom I myself hired to paint the frieze in the Sistine Chapel. I am commissioning you to complete my uncle Sixtus’ chapel by painting the ceiling.”
There was a slight patter of applause. Michelangelo was stunned. Nausea gripped him. He had asked Sangallo to make it clear to the Pope that he would return to Rome only to begin carving on the sculptures for the tomb. He cried passionately:
“I am a sculptor, not a painter!”
Julius shook his head in despair.“
Irving Stone (14 juli 1903 – 26 augustus 1989)
Charlton Heston als Michelangelo in de film “The Agony and the Ecstasy” uit 1965