Michelangelo's work, according to Ross, was something new and exciting during his day.
Michelangelo sought to creat
e images of powerful men in writhing energetic poses. He was a bit of a phenomenon. Raphael, painting nearby in the Pope's chambers, even sought to emulate his peer and bring some of this energy into his own work. You can see the more energetic figures (than his usual) in The Expulsion of Heliodorus below. Of course it doesn't look like a Michelangelo... it looks like a Raphael inspired by Michelangelo. There is the key to the question I asked before - when is it ok to borrow? The answer is when you truly are inspired by someone else - it is ok to borrow – but not copy. It should read as something made by you and not the other artist.
I often get inspired by someone else’s artwork, usually a pose or lighting. I start by posing my subject similarly and then let my natural instincts alter it and make it my own.