Posting a bit late today-- went by the Michelangelo exhibit at the Met this morning. It's amazing and worth the trip, if you're in NYC and have the time.

The art is obviously fantastic, but I was mostly interested in mulling over how iconic his art is, how iconic he is, and what makes a person (and his/her work) iconic.

I think it has less to do with how much the public appreciates the individual and more about how the individual changes the way the public appreciates.

That's to say, maybe being iconic is a function of your place, time, and influence in history, and how you change the course of history in terms of what is appreciated and valued.

It's not just skill. It's impact.

This moves in to other areas as well, not just sculpture, drawings, and paintings. This is true for music, sports, entertainment, and business as well. Any kind of craft that takes dedication to be successful at.

Brandon Cohn