Michelangelo and the Roman statues of Roger Federer
Imagine how Michelangelo would view Roger Federer playing at the Italian Open in Rome.
He might see him as a work of art, standing above the crowd.
He might see him as a statue — the living human form of greatness.
He would see artistic perfection in Federer’s balance and body control.
Michelangelo’s comments about art also apply to Federer and the art of tennis.
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
“Genius is eternal patience.”
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
“Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.”
“Carving is easy. You just go down to the skin and stop.”
“I am still learning.”