The Pieta And David By Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Michelangelo Buonarroti is one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance times, as well as one of the greatest of all time. He did was a painter, a sculptor as well as an architect, excelling in all areas from a young age. Michelangelo’s art was a symbol of the Florence people’s cultural and political power and superiority. Michelangelo thought of himself as a divine being, meaning he thought he was perfection and no one could ever compare. To this day through, in terms of his art, this may hold some truth depending mostly on opinion. He created some of the most magnificent, and most sought after pieces of all time. Some of them are still around today for us to witness including Michelangelo’s Pieta, and one of his most famous Michelangelo’s David.
The artist was born March 6th, 1475 in the city of Caprese, which is located near Arezzo, Tuscany. His father, Lodovico di Leonardo di Buonarroti di Simoni was mayor of Caprese at the time of his birth, and his mother was Francesca di Neri del Miniato di Siena. His mother got sick not long after his birth and in combination of his father being called back to Florence he was taken under the arms of a foster family in the city of Settignano. The family lived on a stonecutters yard, which is where the sounds and sights of stonecutting were engraved into the mind of Michelanglo leading him to become one of the greatest sculptors in history. According to Marcel Brion, author of Michelangelo, “All day long he heard the sound of the saw biting into the stone, the blows of the mallet, the grinding of the chisel” (7). As you can see, Michelangelo was brought up in the atmosphere of stonecutting so he was almost destined to be one himself. Michelangelo later returned to his family in Florence where his dad was disgusted with what he had turned into, and immediately sent him to school. His teacher Francesco da Urbino could see his lack of interest in learning from the get go. “Francesco then discovered some of his secretly executed drawings and realized that Michelangelo cared for one thing one: to become and artist” (Brion 12). His father who had been forever reluctant to the idea finally gave into it and this is when he took him to the church of Santa Trina, to meet Domenico Ghirlandajo, one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance. Michelangelo was about 13 years old at the time and this is when is true art career began as an apprentice to the great Domenico Ghirlandajo.
One of most popular sculptures was the Pieta, which was to depict the Virgin Mary holding her dead son Christ’s body. The sculpture was created for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres. It was to be put in his tomb in St. Peter. Michelangelo was still a young man when he began to carve the famous Pieta in 1497. It was made of Carrera marble and Michelangelo said he could envision figured trapped in marble. It was his duty to free them. Growing up on the stonecutters yard is where he first got this idea. “In the stone-cutter’s yard at...

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