Exploring History
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Exploring History

Why Do Artists Destroy Their Art?

A lesson on the impermanence of great art

Photo by Adonyi Gábor from Pexels

In February 1564, an eighty-eight-year-old Michelangelo Buonarroti hobbled outside his small, two-story studio on the outskirts of Rome. His house was hardly special. His studio’s beige travertine and tufa rock facade blended into every other house like a discarded pebble.

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Carlyn Beccia

Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: CarlynBeccia.com