Master Of All Arts Essay

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Father and Master of all Arts

Michelangelo Buonarroti is one of the most well know artists of the Renaissance

Period. He was a master painter, sculptor, architect and poet. He was the ideal

Renaissance man. Michelangelo produced many masterpieces during his lifetime. The

famous Pieta sculpture in Saint Peter’s Basilica, the dome on Saint Peter’s Bascilica,

and The Last Judgment Fresco in the sistine chapel are just a few examples of his

many works. The Last Judgement Fresco is a piece that I chose to analyze.

Michelangelo was born into a middle class family in Carprese, Italy on

March 6, 1475. His Father, Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, was Mayor of Carprese. The

Buomarroti family was a noble family from Florence that had lost most of it’s wealth and

social status. His family returned to Florence once his father’s term as mayor was

finished. Michelangelo was described as someone who was unyielding, emotional, and

arrogant. He was ashamed of his family’s decline in social status and his father’s

irrationally behavior. He was also embarrassed by his lack of formal education.

Michelangelo began to apprentice under Domenico and David Ghirlandaio when he was

13 years old. Domenico and David were both distinguished painters in Florence. He

began to hone his painting and drawing skills at their studio. Because of Michelango’s

difficult personality he began to have issues with Domenico Ghirlandaio. He left the

Ghirlandio’s studio and began to sharpen his sculpting skills at Bertoldo di Giovanni’s

Sculpture school. Lodovico Buonarroti did not approve of Michelangelo’s interest in art

until both he and Michelangelo started to gain profit from it.
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Lorenzo de' Medici was an extremely powerful and wealthy businessman man in

Florence. He was considered the unofficial leader of the Florence Republic. (spark) He

used his influence and wealth to help make Florence a city rich in the arts. Lorenzo

learned of Michelangelo through Ghirlandaio and invited him to stay in his palace

in 1490. He was so impressed with Michelangelo that he raised him as part of his

own family. During his time with the Medici family, Michelangelo was expose to many

remarkable artists and scholars. He also studied cadavers to learn more about the

human body for his art. (bio)

Michelangelo eventually left Florence and ended up in Rome, Italy. Shortly after

arriving, he was commission by Cardinal de la Groslaye to create his now world famous

Pieta. This piece is considered to be one of his greatest works and the only one he

ever signed. He chiseled his name across a sash on Mary’s chest when he over heard

someone admiring it say it was made by a different artist. In 1508 Michelangelo began

his fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel known as the Genesis cycle. In this piece

he focused on recapturing the style of art of the early greeks and...

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