Oct 17 2009

Coexistence of Good and Evil

Published by Kay Mok under Michelangelo's First Painting

Although Michelangelo Buonarroti‘s “The Torment of Saint Anthony” was based on Martin Schongauer’s engraving, I took away more from the painting than the engraving about good and evil. I see that even though both good and evil coexist simultaneously, as long as people remain confident and calm and resist all temptations, God, represented by nature in the painting, will help them. Looking at Schongauer’s engraving does not convey that feeling because it does not have a peaceful background and the calm expression of St. Anthony like Michelangelo’s. The contrast of the warm and cold colors in Michelangelo’s painting also contributes to the idea that horrible things can happen hiddenly and simultaneously even when the world seems so peaceful.


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  1.   Sijia Sunon 28 Oct 2009 at 11:24 am

    I agree. The peaceful background Michelangelo added gives his painting a whole new meaning. You can even interpret the dawning sky as a sign of salvation and the end of Saint Anthony Suffering.