By Jack Lang, Colin Lemoine
Michel-Ange est un mythe. De 1475 à 1564, l’artiste fut observé comme nul ne l’avait jamais été avant lui. De Florence à Rome, de Bologne à Carrare, le Toscan fut courtisé et sollicité, jusqu’à ne plus s’appartenir lui-même.
Lieu de convoitises princières et de désirs pontificaux, Michel-Ange a cristallisé les espoirs comme les hantises d’une société, parfois malgré lui, souvent en dépit de sa solitude. Sa vie est celle d’un homme able d’exhumer le passé, de singer le réel, de sculpter los angeles neige et de peindre en voltigeur. De tout abandonner et de ne rien lâcher. Une vie exténuante, volontiers divine, une vie de misères et de splendeurs que d’aucuns ont tenté de relater, souvent partiellement, toujours partialement.
Ce livre se suggest de revenir sur cette vie et les chefs-d’œuvre qui l. a. peuplent. De revenir sur les malentendus et les silences, sur les faits avérés comme sur les épisodes légendaires, puisque los angeles fortune de Michel-Ange, cette idole païenne, doit aussi bien à l. a. myth qu’à l. a. réalité. On découvrira ainsi une œuvre inscrite dans l. a. cité, objet d’ambassades et d’assemblées, de guerres souterraines et de luttes intestines, de faits du prince et de choix du peuple.
On lira ainsi un héraut de l. a. selected publique, un partisan du bien commun, un saltimbanque irrésolu, un fils prodigue, un clown triste, un génie autoritaire, un amant éploré, un homme seul, si seul. Un homme qui acheva rarement ses œuvres, laissant au temps et au regardeur le soin de les compléter. Un artiste éminemment politique.
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Lawrence Kitchens would remain a lifelong friend. In December 1857, Reddick's land had been part of the territory removed from Warren County and given to a new creation, Glascock County, named after a soldier, lawyer, and politician from Augusta. 26 If Reddick had business in the county seatÐto call on the sheriff or fill in a form at the courthouseÐit was now the tiny town of Gibson he had to ride into, instead of Warrenton. Otherwise, the county boundary change made no difference to Reddick.
Reddick fought in many battles. Some of them were inconclusive skirmishes, but others were prolonged nightmares of importunate slaughter that left huge tracts of field and forest strewn with the swollen corpses of men and horses, congealed in mud and blood. Reddick's early battles were at South Mills, North Carolina; Seven Pines (aka Fair Oaks); the Seven Days Battles (from a first indecisive engagement at Oak Grove, aka King's School House, to the last, at Malvern Hill, on the first day of July 1862); Falling Creek, Virginia; and Second Bull Run.
Reddick was among the few to be there with Robert E. Lee when the end came. From his regiment, just nine officers and 196 other men could say the same. He was one of the first men in America to hear that the war was over. He had survived much of its recurrent, murderous nightmare. He had seen a gruesome, gory, sustained parade of horrors. He had endured many battles, months of prison-camp life, long nights of freezing weather, illness, and hunger, injury in the field, and the dangers of fever-ridden hospital wards.
Michel-Ange by Jack Lang, Colin Lemoine