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The Life And Contributions Of Michelangelo's Art, And Art

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Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, and architect from the Renaissance period. He was born on March 6th, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. However, he returned to his parents’ hometown of Florence when he was very young. His father, Leonardo, served as a magistrate in Caprese and worked in banking with Michelangelo’s mother, Francesca. When she became ill,a family of stonecutters took him in. During his teenage years, he became an apprentice to a famous painter named Domenico Ghirlandaio, before studying in the sculpture gardens of the Medici family. He spent time with Lorenzo de’ Medici, otherwise known as the Magnificent, the ruler of Florentine, from 1489 to 1492 learning about classical sculptures. This gave him an opportunity to interact…show more content…
Three of his most famous works were the Pieta, David, and the Medici Chapel. He created the Pieta in 1499, when he was only 25 years old. It took him less than a year, which was surprising, but showed just how talented he was. Pieta, which means ‘pity’ or ‘compassion,’ is a sculpture of Mary holding Jesus’ dead body over her lap. Michelangelo made it from a single block of Carrara marble, which was unusual because using one piece to carve two figures was very challenging. The statue is six feet wide and almost the same height. This is the only work to have Michelangelo’s name on it. The statue of David was made almost two years later, between 1501 and 1504. Michelangelo decided to make it after two other sculpture tried and abandoned it. This statue, standing at 17 feet, is the Renaissance ideal of perfect humanity. The proportions are just right, the tense muscles are in the proper place, and the features are those which were considered perfect. David, originally supposed to be a statue of a young noble boy, resembles an ancient God or hero… Michelangelo was asked to decorate the Medici Chapel after the death of two young heirs in 1516 and 1519. He brought back the traditional forms of buildings, with different thickness… It consists of two tombs on opposite walls of the room with a male and female figure on the curved base of each tomb. On pair was supposed to represent Day and Night, while the other represented Dusk and Dawn.…show more content…
Michelangelo’s spiritual journey began in his childhood. He spent years going to mass at his local church and practising the Christian faith in Florence. His church contained vividly painted biblical scenes and a wooden crucifix. As he grew older, he began to take the last sacraments and the Christian burial ceremony very seriously. He would often give alms to the orphans and friars. In addition, Michelangelo also belonged to the confraternity of San Giovanni Decollato, which comforted those who were condemned. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which Michelangelo painted between 1508 and 1512, is a huge art piece that was originally meant to be the 12 apostles and was turned into the more than 300 figure painting it is today. It holds the truthful images of the creation Story, Adam and Eve, the Fall of Man, the Flood, and several other events from the Old Testament, or at least what Michelangelo believed to be true. In 1995, Pope John Paul II said, “The Sistine Chapel is precisely – if one may say so – the sanctuary of the theology of the human body. In witnessing to the beauty of man created by God as male and female, it also expresses in a certain way the hope of a world transfigured, the world inaugurated by the risen Christ, and even before by Christ on Mount Tabor…in the context of the light that comes from God, the human body also keeps its splendour and its dignity. .. If it is removed from this
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