Michelangelo Essay

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As a child, Michelangelo was taken to Florence, where he was apprenticed to the painter Ghirlandaio: he seems to have found his master’s somewhat bland style uncongenial, preferring the more dustere and monumental art of Giotto and Masaccio. (Gowing447) Michelangelo ultimately chose to becoma a sculptor, and at the age of sixteen he went to study at a new school sponsored by the most powerful man, in Florence Lorenzo de Medici. (Field298) In 1496, Michelangelo was in Rome, where he was able to study far finer examples of classical art than he could have found in Florence. (Field447) The limited influence of his works includes a few cases of almost total dependence, the most talented artist who worked in this way. (Hill392) In 1505, …show more content…
(Gowing449) After grammar school, Michelangelo was apprenticed at the age of thirteen, to Domenico Ghirlandaio, the most fashionable painted in Florence. In 1501, Michelangelo was reconzied as the most talented sculptor of central Italy, but his work was still in the early Renaissance tradition, as in the marble David. (Hill391-2) Michelangelo’s first surviving large statue, a life-sized Bacchus, was produced in Rome. The Bacchus relies on ancient Rome nude figures as a point of departure, but it is much more mobile and more complex in outline. (Britannica) The Pieta once established his reputation as the foremost living sculptor both because of the exceptional beauty and pathos of its composition, and because of the amazing virtuosity of its technology. (Gowing447) Michelangelo’s first major architectural achievement was the Medici Chapel in the church of San Lorenzo in Florence, built to house the tombs of the two young Medici family heirs who had recently died. (History) Michelangelo devoted himself almost entirely to architecture and poetry after 1545. (Hill394) Most of Michelangelo’s three hundred surviving poems were written in the 1530’s and 1540’s and fall into two groups. The earlier poems are on the theme of Neoplatonic love and are full of logical contractions and conceits, often very intricate. (Hill394) Michelangelo’s personality domintated in the sixteenth centuries. (Hill395) In 1508, Julius

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