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1512年的今天,米开朗琪罗的壁画首次开放

更新时间:2017-11-1 11:55:51 来源:纽约时报中文网 作者:佚名

Have you ever gotten a job without the qualifications?

你有没有在资历不符的时候,就获得了一份工作?

It happened to Michelangelo, a sculptor by trade, when he painted the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, first made visible to the public on this day in 1512.

职业雕塑家米开朗基罗就遇到过,当时他在梵蒂冈西斯廷教堂在天顶上作画,这一作品是在1512年的今天首次面向公众开放的。

Commissioned by Pope Julius II, Michelangelo took four years to paint the ceiling, which is about 130 feet long and 45 feet wide.

受教皇儒略二世(Julius II)所托,米开朗基罗花了四年时间在天顶上作画,该作品有130英尺长(约合40米)、45英尺宽(约合14米)。

Believing he was being set up to fail, Michelangelo was paranoid at the beginning and a physical wreck by the end, writing a poem that began:

米开朗基罗当时深信自己会失败,他在一开始就变得爱妄想,在结束时健康状况一塌糊涂。他写了一首诗,开头是这样的:

“I’ve already grown a goiter from this torture

“从这场折磨中,我患上了甲状腺肿

hunched up here like a cat in Lombardy

在这里像伦巴第的猫一样弓着背

(or anywhere else where the stagnant water’s poison).”

(或是其他死水流毒的地方)”

The centerpiece of the ceiling is the Creation of Adam, one of nine scenes from the biblical book of Genesis.

天顶上中心的作品是《创世纪》(Creation of Adam),那是圣经《创世纪》中的九个场景之一。

The frescoes have required only one restoration in the modern era, in the 1980s and ’90s, but the effect of more than five million visitors a year is the cause of some concern.

这一壁画在现代只有过一次修复需求,那是在上世纪八九十年代,但每年超过500万人参观带来的影响还是引发了一些担忧。

Its popularity is understandable. As the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe noted: “Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving.”

这幅壁画之所以大受欢迎是可以理解的。就像德国作家约翰·沃尔夫冈·冯·歌德(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)注意到的那样:“没到过西斯廷教堂的人,无法了解一个人的能力能有多大。”

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