The Sixteenth Century's Masterpiece

Michelangelo Buonarroti


Michelangelo was born in between 1475 and 1564, in the city of Caprese, Italy. He spent most of his life in Florence, Italy. His education was very well spread out. "He was mostly taught by mentors that also shared the same artistic interests."(International Dictionary of Art and Artists 6). Some of those mentors, who were also patrons, were Ghirlandaio, the Medici family, Pope Julius ll, etc. His lifestyle consisted of thinking of art and focusing on art.He grew up in italy devoting his time to art. He made many forms of art, he did paintings, sculptures, architecture, drawings.

His Amazing Work

The name of this masterpeice was the Sistine Chapel. This peice was created inbetween 1500 - 1541. This peice of artwork was so significant and interesting because of the exhillerating and exuberant paintings that were on the ceiling of the chapel. Many techniques were demonstrated in the building of this masterpiece. In order to correctly paint the artistic painting, he had to lay on a scaffolding that was held by ropes just so he could reach the ceiling. I found this peice so interesting because of the extreme detail that was put into the paintings on the Last Judgment. The scene that he painted was full of detail about his conflicts between him and Cardinal Cafara.
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How Michelangelo relates to a renaissance "ism"

Michelangelo relates himself to individualism because of his love and focus to his own art. He was focused on himself his whole life and making sure he understood every technique when it came to painting, sculptures, architecture, and drawings. His paintings in the last judgment focused on the individual human and his or her descisions in life.

Work Cited

"Michelangelo." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

Picture Citation:

"Musei vaticani, cappella sistina". n.d Gale Biography In Context.