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Ma Non Piu Bello - The Galveston County Daily News : Lifestyle

September 18, 2014

‘Sunday Essay’ Ma Non Piu Bello

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:20 am

When Michelangelo was complimented on the size and grandeur of the dome he designed for St. Peter’s in Rome, as compared with the smaller dome designed by Brunelleschi for Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, it is reported that he said his creation was “piu grande, ma non piu bello” (bigger, but not more beautiful).

I’ve thought of that fulsome phrase many times in the years since I first heard it, especially when pondering the growing size of government, the lengthening list of committee meetings I must attend and the pounds of paper which litter my desk each day.

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