Michelangelo

By Kiah Conway Block 1

Biography

Michelangelo was born March 6th, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. He spent most of his life in Florence, Italy and Rome. At the age of seven, Michelangelo started formal schooling studying grammar, which would be the Latin language, although later in his life he was weak in Latin, causing him to hire a translator to help with contracts. "He claimed to have preferred to skip class in order to visit the city's galleries and churches, which were rich in art treasures even then (Biography in Context)." He also studied anatomy which helped him with his sculptures and how to draw the human body exactly as it was. His family wasn't wealthy but were content and good-hearted. At 13, Michelangelo was an apprentice to Ghirlandaio in Florence, when he was older, he worked for Pope Julius II as well as Leo X, Clement VII and Paul III. Michelangelo was a sculptor, architect, poet, painter, and engineer. Two of his famous art work is the David and the Last Judgement. The Medici were Michelangelo's patrons.

The Last Judgement

The Last Judgement was created between 1536-1541. In this painting you can see that it realistic and proportional like other Renaissance paintings. I like the fact that a lot of detail obviously went into the painting, which took a lot of time. The painting shows the values of the being a Catholic, as well as the rewards of being good and the punishments of being bad, which I find intriguing. The Last Judgement exemplifies humanism. It does this by showing Jesus judging humanity deciding whether the people deserve to go to heaven and hell. On one side of him are saints trying to save the souls of people and on the other there are demons to take other's souls to hell (Biography in Context).

Citation

  • "Michelangelo Buonarroti." N.p., n.d. Web. <"Michelangelo Buonarroti." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 43. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.>.
  • The Last Judgement. Digital image. Artstor. N.p., n.d. Web.
  • David. Digital image. Artstor. N.p., n.d. Web.