Agony Ang The Extacy, Ethical Considerations Concerning Mich

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Michelangelo Buonarroti was a natural born artist. As an artist he was capable of different mediums of expressing his artistic talent. However he much preferred sculpting out of them all, it made him most satisfied. When Pope Julius II experienced Michelangelo’s painting he insisted that Michelangelo share his talent with the rest of Italy. Julius II also commissioned Buonarroti with other artistic projects but none were as important as that of the Sixtine Capella(Sistine Chapel). Michelangelo didn’t want to paint the ceiling of the chapel, it was too large of a project and even more he didn’t want to paint at all. He was an excellent painter but he just didn’t have the same motivation as he did with sculpting for example.
     My goal in this short paper is not to educate the reader with the facts and life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, but to discuss, non-persuasively, the ethical and philosophical situations throughout his life.
     I will start with his most well known accomplishment, the Sistine Chapel. At the time of his assignment he made it clear to Pope Julius II that he did not want to undertake such a big project. Not only was he concerned with the size of it; he wanted to have complete freedom with what he was to paint. Considering these facts was it ethical for the Pope to force Michelangelo into devoting years of his life to doing this job that he didn’t want to do in the first place? Or one could ask, was it ethical for Michelangelo to butt heads with the Pope, the ruler of the entire Holy Roman Empire. I will start by defending the Pope, Julius II merely recognized the extreme beauty that was the end result in Michelangelo’s work and felt that it would be cheating the rest of the world not to share it. Considering, Michelangelo went on to be one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance era, it was very beneficial to publicize his artwork, in particular his painting. He was influential in that he inspired a whole new generation to take a greater interest in the arts, some later even becoming...

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