Michelangelo Buonarroti Essay

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Michelangelo was great in every aspect of art. "He was celebrated as the greatest artist ever because of his great work in the areas of sculpting, painting, draughtman, architecture, and poetry" (Tazartes 431). He has painted many great paintings and wrote many poems in his life. He is known for being a central figure in the history of art (Tazartes 431). Michelangelo is one of the greatest artist of all time because he was able to change his style to fit the period of time, painting, scupultering, archieturter ability, and his influence in art.

Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1945, in Rome. When Michelangelo was young, his dad, Ludovico Buonarroti, placed him in an art workshop. He was there for about two years. Michelangelo then started to study sculpture at a special school at the Medici Garden. After a short stay in the class, he was invited to stay at the house of Lorenzo De' Medici, a great painter. By the time he turned sixteen years old he had already published two sculptures. As a student in Rome he was called "Universal Genius" (Tazartes 431). His drawing career lasted over seventy years, and he was able to change his style to fit the period of time. Michelangelo was able to do as many as three projects at a time. He was a great sculpturer early in life, and then he learned how to draw and paint. Michelangelo was also a very religious man. He was a Catholic and most of his drawings and paintings resemble his beliefs in his art work.

From 1508 through 1512, Michelangelo's time was occupied by The Sistine Chapel Ceiling. The Pope died in 1513, and then Michelangelo signed a contract with Julius to build a tomb, but it had to be finished within seven years (Tazartes 436). However, Michelangelo's attention was not on the tomb exclusively. After Leo X's election Michelangelo was hired to refurbish the facade on the Papel Chapel in Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. Between 1514 and 1521 he signed several contracts to sculpture and paint art. Another contract was signed with Julius to build a smaller Julian Monument, and it was drawn up in 1516 (Tazartes 436). Many people think that Julian's Tomb was not Michelangelo's best work, but this only the media's idea about his work (Hirst 98).

Michelangelo was also a great painter. He produced a few easel paintings. His ambition was truly seen in his paintings (Hartt 19). Michelangelo was painting pictures early in the 16th century. During that time he was making some cartoons, but very few were published. "One of his cartoons, Battle of Cascina, was highly influential, but the cartoon somehow disappeared"...

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