Michelangelo

By: Mike Kitsis

Biography

Michelangelo was born on March 6th, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. He died on February 18th, 1564 in Rome. He moved around between the cities of Florence, Rome, Bologna, and Caprese. Although he is referred to as a highly ranked sculpter, at the age of 13 he was an painters apprentice in Florence. His sculpting skills came from the guidance of Bertoldo. In addition to all this, he also studied anatomy. Michelangelo lived a life of many achievements. They were funded by his patrons, mainly the Medici family. His achievements that came from his collection of art included sculptures, paintings, and architecture. Male nudes were his favortire subject in sculptures and paintings. Michelangelo was very closely linked to humanism because he focused on his true talents and completed a huge task by carving David out of one solid piece of marble. He also is closely linked skepticism because people said that the piece could not be done and he thought they were wrong and proved it.
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David

One of his most famous pieces of art was David. It was created between 1501-1504. It represents a biblical hero who's name is David. David is a favored subject of art in Florence especially in biblical depictions. The piece was a male nude marble statue. It is 5.7 meters tall and made from one solid piece of marble. "No other sculpter had dared to tackle the huge, abandoned block of marble without adding pieces to it"(Michelangelo 2). It can be found in Galleria dell' Accademia in Florence, Italy. It has been there since 1873. I like this statue because it represents the true nature of art. Because he is nude, it represents the time period too because a lot of nude art was going on.This piece is not linked to secularism because it is a statue of a biblical hero. Is represents humanism because is shows the true beauty of a human without clothes to hide him.
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works cited

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"Michelangelo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo>.