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think most of the world has seen a work by Michelangelo and are pretty
impressed by his work. I personally like Michelangelo’s work because of how
much detail and how much effort went in to his art. I remember throughout grade
school seeing these masterpieces over and over again in textbooks and on
websites. I always wanted to see them up close in person because seeing them in
the book doesn’t give you the same perspective. When I was in high school I was
given the opportunity to go and see all of his works on a trip to Italy. I
visited the Accademia gallery in Florence roaming the halls of paintings and
sculptures and then viewing the gigantic statue of David in person. It was
amazing and in my opinion, was the best piece of art in the gallery. Then we
went on to Rome and visited Vatican City it was set up like a museum in certain
areas showcasing different works of art. Walking into St. Peters Basilica is
magnificent, its so large and spacious inside you could fit thousands. Also,
its nicely decorated with sculptures and paintings, including the Pieta which
was behind a massive crowd. However, the Sistine chapel was probably the best,
you could probably get neck pain similarly to Michelangelo himself for staring
so much. Almost every inch of the chapel was covered in his astonishing work
and finally seeing the legendary works like The Last Judgement and The Creation
of Adam was very satisfying. Michelangelo has influenced many people, in his
and 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 and
master of all the arts.

is known as one of the great renaissance sculptors, painters, and architects. Michelangelo
influenced many artist, other works and ideas during the renaissance period.
One artist he influenced was Raphael, he was influenced by the Sistine Chapel
and envious of Michelangelo. Michelangelo even accused Raphael of copying his
style because all he knew about art was taught to him by Michelangelo. Another
artist that was influenced was Peter Paul Rubens, he went Italy to study
different artist and one of those artists was Michelangelo. In one of his own
work Prometheus Bound he takes influences from Michelangelo’s Prisoners statues
using the torso as a model for his paintings. Michelangelo was also one of the
artist that helped Pope Julius II complete his mission from god to rebuild the
church. 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 in

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shows through many characteristics in his art that he is, in fact, a renaissance artist. The Renaissance brought back artistic principles of classical Greek art
that influenced paintings and sculptures at the time. Michelangelo’s David is a
good example of how Greek art influenced
him to make David with a physique like Hercules. Another characteristic of renaissances
art is the influence of humanism. The Philosophy of humanism focused on the
individual man and his accomplishments rather than the religious aspects. The
Statue of David depicts humanism in the form of art. The biblical story of David and Goliath
shows how David defeated Goliath, a huge feared
man, with only a slingshot and rock. David represents the humanist
ideal of a man who can become a hero, by his intelligence and willpower().  He also used different proportions of the body of the
statue to transmit certain messages. For example,
his right hand is out of porpotion with his body because he intened them to
represent he was strong and powerful. Also, the frescos on the ceiling of the
sistine chapel hold ideas of hummanism. An example would be the Creation of
Adam, this fresco can represent the hummanist ideal of celeberating man.

Michelangelo was one of the many great renaissance
artists at the time. He was mostly a sculptor
but was also an architect and a painter. As
a sculptor, he created mostly, full round sculptures like the statue
of David or the Pieta and also some relief sculptures like the Madonna of the Stairs and Battle of the Centaurs. He was a subtractive
sculptor because he carved large blocks of marble, which was a metamorphic rock,
which he chipped away unwanted material until he finds the art complete. Most
of his sculptures look smooth to the touch and colors can range from white to
tan. As a painter, Michelangelo was
famous for his frescos but he also could paint tempera. Some of his famous
frescos include the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and also The Last Judgement.
Most of his other painting as are tempera, an opaque watercolor, which includes
The Entombment and also Doni Tondo.  As
an architect, he is most notable for his
work with St. Peters Basilica. It was built in the renaissance style which draws in ideas from the classical period
like the concern of proportion. The
massive size of the church can Symbolize that St. Peters Basilica is the head
church and that they are in control.

 Then he went to Rome, he was first
commissioned to sculpt Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. The original person who commissioned the sculptor
was unimpressed and rejected the sculptor. However, the sculpture was bought by
Galli, which helped boost his popularity
in Rome. Michelangelo was then asked to sculpt a pieta, or an art piece
depicting the Virgin Mary cradling
the 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 would
be long remembered after his death. He successfully carved it from a single slab of marble, and he was only twenty-four at
the time he carved it. He then returned to Florence where he was then asked to
sculpt the symbol of Florence, David. Michelangelo had to sculpt the statue out
of marble that Agostino di Duccio, a previous
artist that was commissioned to sculpt David, said the marble was too much of a
pain to work with. However, Michelangelo was able to work with the marble and
created a magnificent 17-foot-tall statue of David which was placed in the
square outside the Palazzo Vecchio.
Michelangelo then went back to Rome after Pope Julius II commissioned him to create a tomb so the pope
can be laid to rest there. Pope Julius liked Michelangelo’s work after seeing
the Pieta. However, it is said that Raphael and Bramante were envious of
Michelangelo’s position and told the Pope Julius having his tomb prepared when
he was alive was bad luck and recommended him to paint the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo didn’t consider himself a
painter 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’s
attention, but he returned after they Pope sent many envoys for his return. Reluctantly,
he started on his four-year-long journey
to paint the ceiling of the chapel. He
first struggled with getting proportions of different figures right but as time
went on he got better. In the end, he created one
of western civilizations best-known masterpieces. After the ceiling, he went on to paint The Last Judgement
and was also appointed architect of Saint Peters Basilica. As years went by
Michelangelo gained a passion for poetry and wrote many sonnets about spiritual
subjects and mystical nature. He died on February 18, 1564, in Rome just before his 89th
birthday after he became ill. His body was brought back to Florence to be laid
to rest.

di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, his full name, was born March 6, 1475, in Caprese. His family where small-scale bankers
and his father took a government position in the town where Michelangelo was
born. His family eventually returned to Florence where Michelangelo started
grammar school. Apparently, he was unimpressed with the academics he was being
taught and preferred becoming an artist instead. After convincing his father,
he was
apprenticed in painting with Domenico Ghirlandaio and in sculpture with
Bertoldo di Giovanni at the age of 13(). He then was sent to Florence’s Ruler, Lorenzo dé Medici, school after he
asked Ghirlandaio to send two of his best students. There he would further
learn the skills he needed to become the great artist we all know today. After
Lorenzo’s death, Michelangelo left
Florence to Bologna where he sculpted a figurine for the tomb of St. Dominic.

what a Legendary and world-renowned artist and sculptor. Known as one of the
best Italian Renaissance artists of all time, Michelangelo has surely
made his mark on the world. He worked delicately with precision to craft
sculptures that looked like it could come to life. Also, he taught himself how
to paint frescos, the most difficult painting style, all by himself.  His works like the statue of David and the
paintings of the Sistine Chapel are
recognizable throughout the world by billions. People also admire him because
of his many amazing accomplishments throughout his life and his many abilities,
he is truly an extraordinary artist.


28 November 2017 


 Professor Neeld

Jason Davis


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