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Artist Profile: Michelangelo

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born 6th March 1475 in Caprese, Italy. He was an Italian sculptor, architect, painter, and poet of the High Renaissance.

Michelangelo was thought of as being the greatest living artist of his lifetime, his work being the most famous in existence. He was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was still alive.

The Fresco paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are notably his most famous artwork. As you take a closer view at these paintings you will be able to see The Creation of Adam painting, telling the Biblical story of God giving life to Adam, the first man.

Another famous painting that is well known by Michelangelo is The Last Judgement. This painting can be seen on the Sistine Chapel's altar wall. Another important Christian painting signifies a moment when all people will come to life again either in heaven or hell.

As his career progressed, he thought of himself as more of a sculptor than a painter. Some of his famous sculptures are The David which can be found in Florence and The Pietà which can be found in Vatican City.

The David sculpture was carved from a block of disused marble! The David of Michelangelo is a Renaissance sculpture that was carved during 1501-1504. This work of art can be visited in the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence, Italy.

The Pietà is one of the most famous Renaissance sculptures in the world. Located in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, this sculpture was a popular topic with other Northern European artists. The figures tell the story of pity and compassion. It represents Mary compassionately cradling her dead son, Jesus, in her lap.

The Pietà has been branded as special to the art community because it is the only piece that Michelangelo ever signed.

The artist created pieces for nine different popes! From Julius II to Pius IV. He worked on a variety of different sculptures, paintings, and more.

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