Michelangelo Buonarroti

By: Tim Pratte

Biography

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in Caprese, Italy, in 1475 and spent most of his life in the area. Michelangelo was a skilled painter, sculptor, draftsman, and architect. He was a very hard worker, and when other artists slacked off, he was ashamed of their behavior, which drove him crazy. Michelangelo did not like to waste time as he wrote on a sketch to a young pupil: "Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don't waste time," (Michelangelo). Michelangelo may seem as though he has an easy personality, but the man is a little more complex than most people might think.

Michelangelo's Work

Michelangelo is a very famous Renaissance artist, who created many beautiful pieces of art, but he may not have ever become this famous without the help of his patron Pope Clement VII. One of Michelangelo's most famous works is: "The Torment of Saint Anthony", which was created between the years 1487 and 1488. This is a new piece of art to the time, because the texture completely stands out, and the figures attacking St. Anthony appear devil like, and set the tone to a frightening, scary tone. I personally find this piece of art interesting, because it isn't a still painting, there's action, so the painting seems to pop out from the canvas and right into my face as I look at the depth of the detail. This specific piece of Michelangelo's artwork is an awesome example of humanism, because it shows a human figure being tormented by demons, which may represent how even the most holy human man can still make mistakes and sin as all other human men and women do.
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