Michelangelo, like the other artists of the Renaissance and High Renaissance, had a vision of what constituted beauty. He tells us he could gaze at a block of stone and see the figure existing inside. All he needed to do was to carve to the skin and then stop. He passionately carved the human figure within his construct of beauty. How would you interpret the following journal entry by Michelangelo within the context of his effort to free the figure from the confines of marble.
“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?”