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.'i', Page2 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 8, 2013 Publica by David Trumbull Rendering unto Caesar and unto God The United States Commission on Civil Rights has MICHELANGELO The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. to prepare a defense for his beloved City of Florence when it was under siege and in this effort he designed one of the most effective defenses known up to that time. As proof that he was every bit as cultured as he was talented, he also wrote poetry which is still being republished today. History credits Michel- angelo with more than 50 great artistic creations. The most famous appear to be the Pieta' of St. Peter's, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Sistine Chapel wall and the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. The title P/eta', as we know, is given to any representa- tion in painting or sculpture of the Virgin Mother griev- ing over the body of Jesus after the Crucifixion. Michel- angelo's Pieta' will be dis- cussed in more detail in the next issue of this column. In 1508 Pope Julius II or- dered Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This is the work where much of it was done while lying on his back. Here, he chose to present a con- densed version of events re- corded in the Book of Genesis. He painted 343 colossal fig- ures on 10,000 square feet of ceiling, and at the age of 33, after four years of agonizing labor, created the most pow- erful piece of painting in the world. Twenty-four years later he returned to paint the titanic Last Judgement on the altar wall of the same chapel. This work shows sinners being condemned to Hell by Christ's furious judgment. It is one of the largest fresco paintings ever executed and the most comprehensive in the world. Michelangelo was 72 years old when commanded by Pope Julius III to take over the position of Architect for the Basilica of St. Peter, then under construction. He was the eighth of about fourteen men who served in this ca- pacity. Here, he served with- out compensation "For the love of God only." The design and construction of the cen- tral dome is attributed to him and once again he produced one of the greatest master- pieces of art. NEXT ISSUE: The Pieta' of St. Peter's No discussion on the Ital- ian Renaissance would be complete without including one of the greatest geniuses the world has ever produced. Few artists have matched the grandeur of his conceptions or the power of his creations. To know his life is to know the history of Italy's glory. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti-Simoni was born in Caprese, Tuscany, in 1475, at the height of the great Italian Renaissance. Today we know him simply as Michelangelo. Chiefly, he was known as a sculptor and in this art he created some of the greatest masterpieces that this world has ever known. Additionally, he was a painter and in this art also he created some of the greatest masterpieces that this world has ever known. He was called upon Massachusetts Department of Transportation THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION INVITES YOU TO A MEETING OF THE PARCEL 7 AND PARCEL 9 RFP ADVISORY COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20T" - 6:00PM MARINER'S HOUSE - 2ND FLOOR 11 NORTH SQUARE The 2 final proposers for Parcel 9 will present their responses to Addendum 3 of the Parcel 9 RFP. Parcel 9 is located between John Fitzgerald Surface Road and Blackstone Street, adjacent to the Haymarket Pushcart Vendors, in the City of Boston and currently is vacant. For more information, please contact John Romano, MassDOT Municipal Liaison at 857-368-8905 or john. romano @state.ma. us. This meeting space is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance to fully participate, please contact John Romano at MassDOT at 857-368-8905 or john.romano @state.ma.us before March 13th. Such accommodations will be provided free of charge. announced that it will hold a briefing, in Washington, Friday, March 22"d, to examine recent legal developments concern- ing the intersection of non-discrimination principles with those of civil liberties. Two topics will serve as starting points for a discus- sion involving religious liberties and non-discrimination rules and their broader implications for civil liberties: the Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC case and student group non-_ discrimination policies, including the Christian Legal Society v. Martinez case. Also at issue are religious liberty claims under First Amendment provisions other than the Religion Clauses. There will be two panels at the briefing. The first panel will be composed of scholars involved in the Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC or Christian Legal Society v. Martinez litigation: Kimberlee Colby, Senior Counsel at the Christian Legal Society, Ayesha Khan, Senior Litigation Counsel, Ameri- tans United for Separation of Church and State, Daniel Mach, Director, American Civil Liberties Union Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief and Lori Windham, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund. The second panel will consist of experts who will discuss the broader conflict between anti-discrimination norms and civil liberties. Experts scheduled to appear on the second panel include Alan Brownstein, Professor, University of California at Davis Law School, Marc DeGirolami, Associ- ate Professor, St. John's University School of Law, Leslie Griffin, Professor, University of Nevada Las Vegas Law School, Marci Hamilton, Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Michael Helfand, Associate Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law, and Edward Whelan, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center. If you are concerned about current domestic threats to religious liberty, including the Obama Administration's attack on Catholic schools, hospitals and charities, this is your opportunity to comment. Public comments are being accepted until April 21st. Lawyers and professors of law may dominate the Washington briefing later this month, but the public comment period is open to anyone who is dis- tressed that our First Amendment Right to Free Exercise of Religion is being attacked by the very federal officials who took oaths to defend the Constitution. Comments may be submitted to publiccomments@usccr.gov or send written correspondence to: (Continued on Page 7) INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. 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