Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Xi. To Giorgio Vasari. - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti


Se con lo stile.

With pencil and with palette hitherto
You made your art high Nature's paragon;
Nay more, from Nature her own prize you won,
Making what she made fair more fair to view.
Now that your learnéd hand with labour new
Of pen and ink a worthier work hath done,
What erst you lacked, what still remained her own,
The power of giving life, is gained for you.
If men in any age with Nature vied
In beauteous workmanship, they had to yield
When to the fated end years brought their name.
You, reilluming memories that died,
In spite of Time and Nature have revealed
For them and for yourself eternal fame.

Comments about Xi. To Giorgio Vasari. by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/30/2015 12:09:00 PM)

    Michelangelo Buonarroti - Rime
    277. Se con lo stile o coi colori avete

    Se con lo stile o coi colori avete
    alla natura pareggiato l’arte,
    anzi a quella scemato il pregio in parte,
    che ’l bel di lei più bello a noi rendete,
    poi che con dotta man posto vi sete5
    a più degno lavoro, a vergar carte,
    quel che vi manca, a lei di pregio in parte,
    nel dar vita ad altrui, tutta togliete.
    Che se secolo alcuno omai contese
    in far bell’opre, almen cedale, poi10
    che convien c’al prescritto fine arrive.
    Or le memorie altrui, già spente, accese
    tornando, fate or che fien quelle e voi
    malgrado d’esse, etternalmente vive.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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