Michelangelo Buonarroti

Renaissance Man by Sam Sarro


  • He was born on March 6th, 1475 in Caprese, Italy
  • Most of his life was spent in either Florence or Rome
  • He studied anatomy in school...started serving as an apprentice by the age of 12, started as an artist at the age of 13...and was a student of Donatello (Authors and Artists For Young Adults 43)
  • While growing up, the Buonarroti's were a poor family. His mom died when he was six, so he grew up with his dad and 4 brothers. Once he started as an artist he was able to help out the family using the large amounts of money he earned.
  • Michelangelo was a draftsman, sculptor, painter, poet, and an architect. He created many famous pieces of art including the David, the Vatican's Pieta, the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and the Holy Family.
  • His patron was the Medici family

The Work

  • The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo in a period of four years from 1508-1512
  • The Sistine Chapel is located in Vatican, Rome
  • "Michelangelo painted hundreds of figures on several planes, making the entire work feel as though it were three-dimensional" (Bahnet 2).
  • This painting uses a technique called "fresco" where they mix lime and sand together to get a mixture that you spread over the surface you are going to paint on. You have to quickly apply the paint once you apply the lime-sand mix because it dries quickly
  • Michelangelo painted this ceiling all by himself which was a pretty fantastic feat considering the vast amount of space he had to work on and the curved structure of the ceiling
  • I find this piece so interesting because the whole ceiling is one big painting made up of multiple smaller paintings. There are also over 300 painted figures, which must have been backbreaking work considering how much time it would take!
  • Creating this masterpiece must have used some sort of structure or new technology to get Michelangelo up to the height of the ceiling. Skepticism is related to this piece because it is a question of how he was able to get to the ceiling to paint


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