By Josh Bauer

The Beginning

  • Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy
  • He spent most of his life in Italy, specifically in Rome and Florence
  • His education consisted of the learning of anatomy, sculpting, painting, and architecture
  • Most of his life was spent traveling and visiting new places in hopes of finding inspiration for art
  • He created paintings, architecture, poems, and sculptures. He also was an engineer. His most famous sculpture was his 'David'
  • He had many patrons including; Medici, Jocopo Galli, Cardinal Jean de Villers de la Grolaie, Pope Julius II, Leo X, Clement VII, and Paul III.

Michelangelo's 'The Statue of David'

  • The picture below is of the sculpture 'The Statue of David'
  • This was created by Michelangelo. He started it in 1501 and finished in 1504
  • This piece of art has great significance because it was one of the first famous pieces of the nude male. It was also significant because it was made out of a block of marble without adding any additional pieces.
  • I find this piece interesting because it was very detailed. It must have been very hard to get so detailed especially because it i a sculpture. I also find it interesting because it stands 17 ft. tall.
  • Also, it is one of the first nude creations in the early era making it both interesting and valuable.
  • This sculpture relates to the renaissance term of humanism. This is because it is not focused on the church, but on the human being. The pure human being because it is nude. Also, because it is of Michelangelo's view of the ideal man.

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Quotation and Paraphrase

" Michelangelo responded by completing his most famous work, the Statue of David, in 1504. This masterwork, created out of a marble block..." ( Wikipedia; Statue of David)

Original: "Michelangelo is the greatest sculptor and the greatest draughtsman in history. He is also pre-eminent as a painter and architect. His views on the history of painting and sculpture are extant" ("Michelangelo." International Dictionary of Art and Artist. Gale, 1990. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 10 Jan. 2013)

Paraphrase: Michelangelo's understanding for art took things to a whole other level. He was extraordinary at what he did not just as a sculptor but as a painter, architect, and engineer. He changed the way people looked at art and gave a new mind set to his generation. ("Michelangelo." International Dictionary of Art and Artist. Gale, 1990. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 10 Jan. 2013)