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On greatness

Pope Julius II chose this day in 1512 to display Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for the first time. “We cannot know what a human being can achieve,” Goethe wrote, “until we have seen [the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel].” Calling Michelangelo’s work great is inadequate praise. Words don’t suffice; mute awe […]