Art History in “Sons and Lovers”

Listened to BBC iPlayer’s adaptation (no longer available) of the D.H. Lawrence novel.  It contained a tiny reference involving Michelangelo in the story of a landscape painter whose relationship with his mother acts as an obstacle to any relationship he has with women not related to him.  I don’t know if the story’s mention of the Old Master stood to represent anything in the story’s subtext.  The reference probably intended to show off the son’s education (I think, don’t remember him saying it)

Despite my lack of knowledge regarding that part, I’ll just leave Michelangelo’s famous depiction of a mother and son.

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