Brunelleschi 's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, written by Ross King, describes the history of the city of Florence and life at the end of the Middle Ages through the genius of Filippo Brunelleschi. The book begins by giving information about the historic competition that led to the impressive dome that sits atop Santa Maria del Fiore. It then gives an account of the history of Florence in the late 1300s and early 1400s and the building of the cathedral and the initial competition for the dome 's design. After providing information about Florence and the cathedral, Ross King gives background information about Filippo Brunelleschi, his experiences as an artist and scientist in both Florence and Rome, and insight into
The time from the 1300's-1500's is most commonly known as the Renaissance. During this time, the world was becoming a brighter place, it was awakening from the Dark Ages. New ideas were also flowing throughout Europe during this time. Ideas such as humanism, believing that humans are important, and the idea of beginning education again were just some of these ideas. However, the Renaissance is most commonly known for art and the architecture that was being made at the time. Though there are many great pieces of art and signs of humanism, the best sign is Brunelleschi's Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore. The Duomo is the best creation of the Renaissance because it is based off Roman architecture, is the creation of many innovative ideas and it
Michelangelo lived from 1475-1564. He was arguably one of the most inspired creators in the history of art. As a sculptor, architect, painter, and poet, he had a tremendous influence on his contemporaries and on following Western art in general. Michelangelo’s father, a Florentine official named Ludovico Buonarroti with connections to the ruling Medici family, placed his 13-year-old son in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. After about two years, Michelangelo studied at the sculpture school in the Medici gardens and shortly thereafter was invited into the household of Lorenzo de’ Medici. He became acquainted with such humanists as Marsilio Ficino and the poet Politian, who were frequent visitors. Michelangelo produced at least two sculptures by the time he was 16 years old, the Battle of the Centaurs and the Madonna of the Stairs. This shows that he had achieved a personal style at a very early age. His patron Lorenzo died in 1492, two years later Michelangelo fled Florence, when the Medici family was temporarily expelled. He settled for a time in Bologna where he sculpted several marble statuettes.
“Michelangelo Di Lodovico Buonarroti is considered one of the best artists in the Italian Renaissance era.” He was born on March 6, 1475. His art has a prominent religious background and demonstrates what the time period he lived in was like. The Sistine Chapel celling and the sculpture David are two of his most well known works. He earned money from the church because of his art. He started painting when he was a child and people could tell he had great talent. He left school when he was thirteen to become an apprentice to an artist named Medici. His dad didn’t support his decision to leave school and wanted him to be in the banking business.
After only no more than a year of being at the workshop Michelangelo was referred by his friend to Lorenzo the magnificent apart of the Medici family, the most powerful and richest family in Florence, he then shortly after moved into his palace to study classical sculpture. During the time of the 13th and early 14th century the Medici family held Florence in their hands by having the political and financial power due to their banking and t...
The life of Michelangelo is one of the most important parts of history. Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in Caprese, Italy in a time known as the Italian Renaissance (Bradbury 6). Michelangelo was born into a house with strong, ambitious values (Michelangelo Buonarroti Biography). From an early age he showed outstanding potential in the arts and soon became entranced with them. Michelangelo’s father was critical of his son’s choice of career as he saw art as a petty, unimportant occupation. Nevertheless his father had him apprenticed to one of the best artists in Florence. Influencing and characterizing Michelangelo, Florence was this artist’s starting point. Throughout his life he would remain loyal to this city, a haven that gave him hope. By the time he was sixteen Michelangelo had created his first works (16,7). Before long everyone in Florence would know him as one of the city’s best. Eventually the artist’s name would spread even further and soon the whole European world was immersed with Michelangelo and his art. Pope Julius II who was the reigning pope at the time was enamoured with Michelangelo and summoned him to Rome. The time Michelangelo spent in Rome was crucial in his development as an artist (8). In 1498 the “Pieta” was sculpted (Abridged Encyclopedia of World Biography). Being the first of its kind this statue was more realistic and defin...
Amongst the several intellectual and artistic Renaissance individuals, this figure “saw the angle in the marble and carved until he set him free.” Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti learned his art while young and under the occupation of Lorenzo de Magnificent; his talent was pooled in different directions, but he applied himself to traditional religious matters with great devotion, although he had been increasingly attracted to the classical legends he heard at home. Michelangelo was born with talents beyond artistry; he is mostly known as being a painter and sculptor, but Michelangelo was also an architect, poet, and engineer.
He was apprenticed to one of the finest artists in Florence. He was apprenticed as a studio boy. There he learned the arts and this inspired him to be a great artist. He gained a vast range of technical skills, including drafting, chemistry, metal-working, mechanics, metallurgy, and plaster casting.
In 1466, Leonardo became an apprentice to one of the most successful artists of the time, Andrea di Cione, better known as Verrocchio. The location of Verrocchio’s workshop gave Leonardo the opportunity to have the best education possible. His workshop was located at what was known as the “center of intellectual currents of Florence”. Leonardo learned many trades under the wings of Verrocchio including technical skills, working with metal, chemistry, drafting, sculpting, drawing, painting, and modeling. He also learned basic reading, writing, and arithmetic. In arithmetic, he made such progress in a short period of time that he often confused his own master. As the years went on, Leonardo put his work mostly into drawing and modeling. Afte...
Michelangelo Buonarrotti, although considered by many a Florentine, was actually born in Caprese, Italy in 1475. Michelangelo was an inspired artist of the Renaissance period. He and Leonardo DaVinci were considered to be the two greatest figures of this highly artistic movement. Michelangelo was a highly versatile artist and was involved in sculpting, architecture, painting, and even poetry. .At the age of 13, he was apprenticed to Domenico Ghirlandaio, who at the time was painting a chapel in the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Here, the young Michelangelo learned the technique of fresco (painting on fresh plaster before it dries); He would use this technique many years later in his work in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. At the age of fifteen, Michelangelo began to spend time in the home and in the gardens of Lorenzo de' Medici, where he studied sculpture under Bertoldo di Giovanni. It was during this time that he completed the Madonna of the Stairs and the Battle of the Centaurs. The political climate in Florence following the death of Lorenzo de' Medici may have led Michelangelo to leave the city, going first to Bologna and, after a brief return to Florence, to Rome. In Rome, he carved the Bacchus and then the Pietà which is in St. Peter's basilica in Rome.