The Architect


Michelangelo's full name is Michelangelo di Lodovici Buonarroti Simoni. Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. He later died in Rome on February 18, 1564. Michelangelo spent most of his life as a Florentine which meant he was a resident of Florence, Italy. He was taught by the artist, Domenico Ghirlandaio. Domenico's workshop was filled with many sculptures which inspired him to create his work. Also, this is where Michelangelo studied the nude male figure allowing him to come up with his famous sculpture "David". In Michelangelo's early years, he was known as an active sculptor, painter, architect, and poet. Most of the work Michelangelo did was religious. Some examples of his work are David, which is a biblical hero, the Sistine Chapel, which he only painted the ceiling, and the Piazzo del Conservatori. The Patrons that funded Michelangelo's work where mostly Popes which explains why he was still painting religious things during the Renaissance. His main Patron was Pope Julius II. Some other Patrons were Leo X, Clement VII, and Lorenzo de'Medici. The two isms that represent Michelangelo are Secularism and Humanism because most of his paintings were of people.

The Tomb of Pope Julius II

The Tomb of Pope Julius II was created from 1503 to 1543. This piece is significant because of the Pope's will and how the tomb was actually finished after Pope Julius II's death in February of 1513. The will is important because it ordered for his incomplete tomb to be placed next to his uncle's, Pope Sixtus IV, tomb which was located in the Sistine Chapel which is also one of Michelangelo's pieces of work. The will is also important because it left Michelangelo aproximatley 10,000 ducats which is worth about $8,000,000 of todays money. I find this piece of art interesting because of the way the sculptures on the outside of the tomb are symmetrical. Also, the construction of the tomb continued for thirty years while Pope Julius II's dead corpse was lying in the tomb. The tomb does not represent secularism because it was made for high religious leader. Also, the outside of the tomb is covered with sculptures of religious figure such as the famous sculpture of Moses.



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  • Michelangelo
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  • The Sistine Chapel
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