By: Claire MacFarlane


Michelangelo was an artist during the renaissance. He was born March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. He spent most of his time in Rome (1496-1501) and a lot in Florence (1501-1505). For his education he went to grammar school and when he was thirteen he was a apprentice to Demenico Ghirlandaio (a painter). When he became an artist himself he was recognized as the most talented sculptor of central Italy and was commissioned for his work (patron was the Medici). He wrote poems, painted, sculpted, and was skilled in architecture. Then, after leaving Florence, he settled in Rome.

Skepticism and humanism connect to Michelangelo because he created new ways and different techniques to build buildings and to create his art.

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The Work

Name of piece: Madonna of Bruges

When was the piece created: 1501-1504

Where is it: sits in the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, Belgium

This sculpture is of the virgin Mary and her son Jesus. Mary is sitting down with baby Jesus standing in front of her holding her hand. I find this sculpture interesting because in the description it said that Mary does not cling to her son or even look at him, like she already

knows her son's fate. (Jesus's crucifixion).

This sculpture represents skepticism because of the different techniques Michelangelo used to make it like using painted plaster.

Works Cited

"Michelangelo Buonarroti." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998.

Biography in Context. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.