Michelangelo Buonarroti • In the face of Nicodemus, it is said that Michelangelo carved his own likeness.
Pieta del Duomo • This Pieta was left unfinished by Michelangelo, as there was some problems with the stone.
1. Michelangelo, the second of five brothers, was born in Florence in 1475.When I told my father that I wished to be an artist, he flew into a rage, artists are laborers, no better than shoemakers."
2. He created his first sculpture at age 5.3. Became a painter’s apprentice at age 13.When Michelangelo was 18, Lorenzo de Medici became his patron.
When Michelangelo turned13-years old he shocked and “Old man and young boy”enraged his father when by Ghirlandaiotold that he had agreed toapprentice in the workshopof the painter DomenicoGhirlandaio. After aboutone year of learning the artof fresco, Michelangelowent on to study at thesculpture school in theMedici gardens and shortlythereafter was invited intothe household of Lorenzo deMedici, the Magnificent.
Fresco, in Italian, literally means "fresh," but in the world of art it specifically refers to "fresh or wet plaster. In fresco, the binding material islime which is quarried in the form of limestone, burned, and then mixed with water to turn the lime into plaster. This lime-water mixture becomes calciumhydroxide plaster which during its drying process has color-binding properties.
4. Michelangelo thought of himself as a sculptor more than anything else.
“the David”• 1. Statue is over 16 feet tall.• 2. Carved from an oddly shaped block of marble, called “the Giant”.• 3. Statue was a gift from the Medici to the city of Florence.
Michelangelo wrote in his diaries: "When Ireturned to Florence, I found myself famous.The City Council asked me to carve acolossal David from a nineteen-foot block ofmarble -- and damaged to boot! I lockedmyself away in a workshop behind thecathedral, hammered and chiseled at thetowering block for three long years. In spiteof the opposition, I insisted that the figureshould stand before the Palazzo Vecchio, as asymbol of our Republic. I had my way.Archways were torn down, narrow streetswidened...it took forty men five days to moveit. Once in place, all Florence wasastounded. A civic hero, he was awarning...whoever governed Florenceshould govern justly and defend it bravely.Eyes watchful...the neck of a bull...hands of a
• 1. “The Pieta” - a statue of Mary and the body of Christ.• 2. Located in Rome at St. Peter’s.• 3. Carved at age 25.
Just days after it was placed in Saint Peters, Michelangelooverheard someone remark that the work was done by Christoforo Solari, an artist from Lombard. That night, in a fit of rage, Michelangelo took hammer and chisel and placedthe following inscription on the sash running across Marys breast: MICHEL ANGELUS BONAROTUS FLORENT FACIBAT (Michelangelo Buonarroti, Florentine, made this). This is the only work that Michelangelo ever signed.Michelangelo later regretted his passionate outburst of pride
• “the Pieta” is the only statue that Michelangelo ever signed.
Moses1. Made in Rome for the tomb of Pope Julius II.
Q: Why does Moses have horns on his head? A: Michelangelos "Moses" has hornsbecause one of the biblical translations of "rays oflight" became "horns" in Italian. Because of thismistranslation, depictions of Moses with horns became somewhat commonplace.
2. “Horns” represent the rays of light from God.
"as a result of having painted for so long a time, keeping his eyes fixed on the ceiling, he saw little when he looked down; if he had to read a letter or some other small thing, he was obliged to hold it above his head." "After four tortured years, more than400 over life-sized figures, I felt as oldand as weary as Jeremiah. I was only37, yet friends did not recognize the old man I had become."
“The Last Judgement” • 1. Back wall of Sistine Chapel, took 6 years to paint. • 2. 48 feet high, 48 feet wide, with 200 figures.
• 3. Shows a powerful, beardless Christ. The Last Judgment, was the largest fresco of the Renaissance. Christ, with a clap of thunder, puts into motion the inevitable separation, with the saved ascending on the left side of the painting and the damned descending on the right into hell. As was his custom, Michelangelo portrayed all the figures nude, but prudish draperies were added by another artist (who was dubbed the "breeches-maker") a decade later, as the cultural climate became more conservative. Michelangelo painted his own image in the flayed skin of St. Bartholomew.
He is one of the greatest artists of all time, aman whose name has become synonymouswith the word "masterpiece": Michelangelo Buonarroti. Unlike many artists of his time, his genius was recognized, but at what cost to his personal life?