Michelangelo Biography

Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese Italy. He died on February 18, 1564 in Rome, Italy. He spent most of his life in Florence, Italy. When he was a young boy, he went to grammar schol until he was 13. Then he was apprenticed by Domenico Ghirlandaio. He was considered the greatest sculptor during this time. Michelangelo's patrons were the Medicis, a powerful, ruling family in Italy. Michelangelo is closely linked to individualism and humanism. He is closely linked to individualism because he is very self-focused and takes great pride in his work. Michelangelo is closely linked to humanism because he is focused on human beings and not God in his paintings. He created many paintings and sculptures. He is most famous for his work in the Sistine Chapel. One of the scenes in the Sistine Chapel, known as The Last Judgement, was created between the years of 1522 and 1534. Today, this scene can still be viewed on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. The painting depicts his thoughts of the judgement man faces when he dies. Although it originally had many nude people depicted in it, that were later painted over as drapery after Michelangelo died. I find this piece interesting because it is a small part of a much larger piece that tells many stories in a very public place. It was unusual that this painting was done on the ceiling of a chapel. Humanism is most closely related to this piece because it depicts the end of the human journey.


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