Ithink most of the world has seen a work by Michelangelo and are prettyimpressed by his work.
I personally like Michelangelo’s work because of howmuch detail and how much effort went in to his art. I remember throughout gradeschool seeing these masterpieces over and over again in textbooks and onwebsites. I always wanted to see them up close in person because seeing them inthe book doesn’t give you the same perspective. When I was in high school I wasgiven the opportunity to go and see all of his works on a trip to Italy. Ivisited the Accademia gallery in Florence roaming the halls of paintings andsculptures and then viewing the gigantic statue of David in person. It wasamazing and in my opinion, was the best piece of art in the gallery.
Then wewent on to Rome and visited Vatican City it was set up like a museum in certainareas showcasing different works of art. Walking into St. Peters Basilica ismagnificent, its so large and spacious inside you could fit thousands. Also,its nicely decorated with sculptures and paintings, including the Pieta whichwas behind a massive crowd. However, the Sistine chapel was probably the best,you could probably get neck pain similarly to Michelangelo himself for staringso much. Almost every inch of the chapel was covered in his astonishing workand finally seeing the legendary works like The Last Judgement and The Creationof Adam was very satisfying. Michelangelo has influenced many people, in hisand our era.
His art inspires and moves people day to day and will so forever.His name has been immortalized through his art and he is revered as father andmaster of all the arts.Michelangelois known as one of the great renaissance sculptors, painters, and architects. Michelangeloinfluenced many artist, other works and ideas during the renaissance period.One artist he influenced was Raphael, he was influenced by the Sistine Chapeland envious of Michelangelo. Michelangelo even accused Raphael of copying hisstyle because all he knew about art was taught to him by Michelangelo. Anotherartist that was influenced was Peter Paul Rubens, he went Italy to studydifferent artist and one of those artists was Michelangelo.
In one of his ownwork Prometheus Bound he takes influences from Michelangelo’s Prisoners statuesusing the torso as a model for his paintings. Michelangelo was also one of theartist that helped Pope Julius II complete his mission from god to rebuild thechurch. He influenced pope Julius to commission him to help architect St.Peters basilica. He helped create the idea that Rome is the center of power inEurope. Michelangeloshows through many characteristics in his art that he is, in fact, a renaissance artist. The Renaissance brought back artistic principles of classical Greek artthat influenced paintings and sculptures at the time. Michelangelo’s David is agood example of how Greek art influencedhim to make David with a physique like Hercules.
Another characteristic of renaissancesart is the influence of humanism. The Philosophy of humanism focused on theindividual man and his accomplishments rather than the religious aspects. TheStatue of David depicts humanism in the form of art. The biblical story of David and Goliathshows how David defeated Goliath, a huge fearedman, with only a slingshot and rock. David represents the humanistideal of a man who can become a hero, by his intelligence and willpower(). He also used different proportions of the body of thestatue to transmit certain messages. For example,his right hand is out of porpotion with his body because he intened them torepresent he was strong and powerful. Also, the frescos on the ceiling of thesistine chapel hold ideas of hummanism.
An example would be the Creation ofAdam, this fresco can represent the hummanist ideal of celeberating man.Michelangelo was one of the many great renaissanceartists at the time. He was mostly a sculptorbut was also an architect and a painter. Asa sculptor, he created mostly, full round sculptures like the statueof David or the Pieta and also some relief sculptures like the Madonna of the Stairs and Battle of the Centaurs. He was a subtractivesculptor because he carved large blocks of marble, which was a metamorphic rock,which he chipped away unwanted material until he finds the art complete.
Mostof his sculptures look smooth to the touch and colors can range from white totan. As a painter, Michelangelo wasfamous for his frescos but he also could paint tempera. Some of his famousfrescos include the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and also The Last Judgement.Most of his other painting as are tempera, an opaque watercolor, which includesThe Entombment and also Doni Tondo. Asan architect, he is most notable for hiswork with St. Peters Basilica. It was built in the renaissance style which draws in ideas from the classical periodlike the concern of proportion. Themassive size of the church can Symbolize that St.
Peters Basilica is the headchurch and that they are in control. Then he went to Rome, he was firstcommissioned to sculpt Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. The original person who commissioned the sculptorwas unimpressed and rejected the sculptor. However, the sculpture was bought byJacopoGalli, which helped boost his popularityin Rome. Michelangelo was then asked to sculpt a pieta, or an art piecedepicting the Virgin Mary cradlingthe dead body of Jesus, for French cardinal Jean de Billheres for his funeral.
He wanted Michelangelo to make the most beautiful sculpture ever, so he wouldbe long remembered after his death. He successfully carved it from a single slab of marble, and he was only twenty-four atthe time he carved it. He then returned to Florence where he was then asked tosculpt the symbol of Florence, David. Michelangelo had to sculpt the statue outof marble that Agostino di Duccio, a previousartist that was commissioned to sculpt David, said the marble was too much of apain to work with. However, Michelangelo was able to work with the marble andcreated a magnificent 17-foot-tall statue of David which was placed in thesquare outside the Palazzo Vecchio.Michelangelo then went back to Rome after Pope Julius II commissioned him to create a tomb so the popecan be laid to rest there. Pope Julius liked Michelangelo’s work after seeingthe Pieta. However, it is said that Raphael and Bramante were envious ofMichelangelo’s position and told the Pope Julius having his tomb prepared whenhe was alive was bad luck and recommended him to paint the Sistine Chapel.
Michelangelo didn’t consider himself apainter and was frustrated with Pope Julius for picking him to take the task.He fled back to Florence after a war with the French diverted Pope Julius’sattention, but he returned after they Pope sent many envoys for his return. Reluctantly,he started on his four-year-long journeyto paint the ceiling of the chapel. Hefirst struggled with getting proportions of different figures right but as timewent on he got better. In the end, he created oneof western civilizations best-known masterpieces. After the ceiling, he went on to paint The Last Judgementand was also appointed architect of Saint Peters Basilica. As years went byMichelangelo gained a passion for poetry and wrote many sonnets about spiritualsubjects and mystical nature. He died on February 18, 1564, in Rome just before his 89thbirthday after he became ill.
His body was brought back to Florence to be laidto rest.Michelangelodi Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, his full name, was born March 6, 1475, in Caprese. His family where small-scale bankersand his father took a government position in the town where Michelangelo wasborn. His family eventually returned to Florence where Michelangelo startedgrammar school. Apparently, he was unimpressed with the academics he was beingtaught and preferred becoming an artist instead. After convincing his father,he wasapprenticed in painting with Domenico Ghirlandaio and in sculpture withBertoldo di Giovanni at the age of 13(). He then was sent to Florence’s Ruler, Lorenzo dé Medici, school after heasked Ghirlandaio to send two of his best students. There he would furtherlearn the skills he needed to become the great artist we all know today.
AfterLorenzo’s death, Michelangelo leftFlorence to Bologna where he sculpted a figurine for the tomb of St. Dominic.MichelangeloBuonarroti,what a Legendary and world-renowned artist and sculptor. Known as one of thebest Italian Renaissance artists of all time, Michelangelo has surelymade his mark on the world. He worked delicately with precision to craftsculptures that looked like it could come to life. Also, he taught himself howto paint frescos, the most difficult painting style, all by himself.
His works like the statue of David and thepaintings of the Sistine Chapel arerecognizable throughout the world by billions. People also admire him becauseof his many amazing accomplishments throughout his life and his many abilities,he is truly an extraordinary artist.Michelangelo28 November 2017 HUM1020 Professor NeeldJason Davis