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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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Touching the Soul of Michelangelo

Touching the Soul of Michelangelo

(p.359) 32 Touching the Soul of Michelangelo
Is the Universe a Hologram?

Gianluigi Colalucci

Adolfo Plasencia

The MIT Press

The restorer-scientist, Gianluigi Colalucci, starts this dialogue explaining the difference between an artist or creator and a restorer. He then describes the emotions he felt and the importance played by touch in his restoration work of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and what spiritual trace he encountered beneath their surface. Next, he explains the differences existing today between the concepts of 'Restoration' and 'Conservation', which is followed by a reflection on the concept of ‘original’ and how it is interpreted differently in the Eastern and Western worlds. Later, he argues why both the artist and the restorer should clear up their doubts before beginning to work, and finally explains the reasons why a work of art is for everyone and is part of the human condition.

Keywords:   The art-loving soul, Work of art, Mind’s eye, Restoration, Conservation, The Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s frescoes, The concept of “original”, Cultural heritage, The Parthenon sculptures

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