Life in art

«Even in early, more finished works, he chose to preserve some evidence of the original block: the tendency grew to leave surfaces uncut or roughly cut. The homogeneous block could be homogeneous in a manner he valued, whereas the particularity of any form prised out of it became, after a certain advanced point, less complete as it was 'finished'.»

[«Michelangelo», Adrian Stokes, Routledge Classics, pag. 83]