The Life Of Michelangelo

By Nate Cote

The Journey

  • Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy
  • Michelangelo spent most of his life traveling back and forth from Florence and Rome
  • He spent many years of his life learning anatomy, sculpting, painting, and architecture
  • Michelangelo was always doing what he loved, and learning new things, which often meant traveling to new places in order to do so
  • Michelangelo was talented in many aspects of art, but perfected in sculpting. The most outstanding peace of sculpture that he created was the David, in 1504. Another magnificent piece he created was Bacchus, in 1497
  • Since Michelangelo created paintings, architecture, and sculptures, he gained many patrons. Over the years of gaining fame, and mastering techniques, he worked with tons of patrons. Some of them included: the Medici, Jacopo Galli, Cardinal Jean De Villiers De la Grolaie, Pope Julius II, Leo X, Clement VII, and Paul III

The New Era

  • in 1504, Michelangelo went from a hopeful artist, to a well known creator. "it was the unveiling of the colossal marble David in Florence in 1504 which made him the most famous artist in Italy at the age of 29" (International Dictionary of Art 2).
  • The David was so significant because of Michelangelo' s new techniques and strategies. With no artist yet attempting to create a human sculpture out of a marble block, and doing so without adding any extra pieces, Michelangelo realized that this was his opportunity to do what has never been done before. (International Dictionary of Art 2).
  • This piece is interesting because of its striking size, and detailed features. Also, it is still standing after 500 years.
  • With this piece, Michelangelo is exemplifying humanism. He is doing so because he is trying to portray the amazing beauty of humans, and the expectations of the ideal man.


"Michelangelo." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 28 Jan. 2013.

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