Michelangelo, the the Archetypal Renaissance Artist

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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni ( March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564) an Italian Sculptor, painter, architect and a poet was probably the most important artist of the epoch of the Italian Renaissance, a period where arts and science changed from traditional to modern. He was the second of five children, whose parents were Lodovico di Leonardo di Buonarrotti di Simoni and Francesca di Neri del Miniato di Sierra. He was raised in Florence, and after his mother’s death he lived in Settignano. Michelangelo is one of the founders of High Renaissance and an exponent of a big movement called Mannerism. Mannerism “is a period of European paintings, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts lasting from the later years of the Italian Renaissance around 1520 until the arrival of the baroque around 1600….is notable for its intellectual as well as its artificial (as opposed to naturalistic) qualities” ( Michelangelo (as well as Leonardo Da Vinci) was considered to be the Archetypal Renaissance man because of his versatility in his disciplines.

Michelangelo is the best documented artist in the 16th century because of his prodigious output throughout his life. He was the creator of artworks, such as; “The Pieta” and “David” which made others consider him as the greatest sculptor of all time, and “The Last Judgment” which is one of his most influential artworks that made him a high lineage painter. According to Giorgio Vasari (Michelangelo’s biographer) “He was the pinnacle of all artistic achievement since the beginning of the renaissance” ( In other words, Vasari though that Michelangelo was probably the biggest influence as an artist since the Renaissance epoch and until the end of his life. Once...

... middle of paper ... Michelangelo poems had a sense of guilty, and pledge for his spiritual salvation and forgiveness of his sins. It was basically telling God, that he knew about things he did, but should’ve never done it.

Conclusively, it can say that after reading this artist’s story, one can say that Michelangelo’s talent was a big or probably as Vasari said the pinnacle of the Renaissance era, specifically High Italian Renaissance movement. He contributed to the highest levels of performance in each and every discipline. As a sculptor, “David” and “The Pieta”; as a painter his ceiling artworks; as an architect the work at the Basilica, as a poet there are beautiful expressions of love, and admiration to the male beauty. Above all, it is important that generation to generation people become educated in the matter of art and great achievements of artist such as Michelangelo.
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