The Renaissance was a period of cultural movement and the introduction of cultural heroes, is known as “Renaissance Men”. One of these men was Michelangelo Buenarroti. Michelangelo was a world-wide known painter, sculptor, architect, and poet, who was of great Importance and had a great impact on our modern day culture.
On March 6th, 1475 Leonardo di Buonarrota and Francesca Neri had their second out of five sons in the small village of Caprese, Italy. They named him Michelangelo di Lodovivo Buonarroti Simoni. But soon after being birthed Michelangelo moved to Florence, Italy with his family.
As Michelangelo grew up, his father came to realize that Michelangelo was not interested in schooling or the family’s financial business, and would much rather watch the painters at the nearby churches and draw what he saw. An at the age of 13, Michelangelo’s father allowed him to take an apprenticeship with Domenico Ghirlandaio. During his apprenticeship, Michelangelo was exposed to the different art techniques of Fresco.
After only year as the apprentice for Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo was recommended by Ghirlandaio and given the opportunity to study the classical sculptures in the Medic gardens, of the Palace of Lorenzo the Magnificent.
During his three years with the Medici family, Michelangelo was exposed to the social elite of Florence. Michelangelo was also able to study under Bertoldo di Giovanni, which exposed him to many poets, scholars, and educated humanists.
After receiving special permission from the Catholic Church, Michelangelo was permitted to study cadavers for the insight into the human anatomy. Soon after, in 1495, Michelangelo traveled back to Florence to begin work sculpting and modeling his style after classical antiquites.
He created many brilliant masterpieces, one being his “Cupid”. This sculpture was special due to it being purchased by Cardinal Riario of San Giorgio for Michelangelo’s use of artificially “aged” technique. However, when Riario realized he had been duped demanded his money back. But Riario was so impressed with Michelangelo’s work he allowed Michelanelo keep the money and even invited him to Rome.
In 1498, Michelangelo relocated to Rome, where he caught the attention of another cardinal, Jean Bilheres de Lagraulas, who was also a representive of the french King Charles VIII to the pope. Michelangelo during this time created his “Pieta”, which is now presently in the St. Peter’s Basilica, in Vatican City
By the time Michelangelo returned to Florence, he had become somewhat of an art star. He had taken over commissions for a statue of “David”, and several other commissions, including a important project for the tomb of Pope Julis II, but this project was interrupted due to a request for Michelangelo to decorate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo continued the work on the tomb of Julis II after the Sistine Chapel was completed, and even designed the Medici Chapel and the...