Michelangelo Buonarroti

The Sistine Chapel

About Michelangelo...

Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. This is also where he spent most of his life. His life consisted of mostly sculpting, painting, writing poems, and being an architect. His lifestyle was to live and breathe art. At age 13, Michelangelo apprenticed to Ghirlandaio in Florence where he learned a lot about being an artist. Michelangelo's patrons were the Medici, Jacopo Galli, and Cardinal Jean de villers de la Grolaire. Capitalism was represented by Michelangelo because he could sell any of the art that he wanted and had many patrons that paid for his art. Humanism could also be represented by Michelangelo because he was an artist that was greatly admired, and some people admired him even more than the gods.

The Sistine Chapel

As seen below, the Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo. He painted this piece in 1508-1512. the Sistine Chapel is located in Vatican City in the Vatican Palace. This piece is significant because it represents a new phase and a new beginning in Michelangelo's art. This art shows how Michelangelo was starting to use expressionism in his art rather than other common techniques of painting. To me, this piece is interesting because Michelangelo was asked to paint the ceiling of the Chapel by Pope Paul III. This shows how experienced and loved Michelangelo was with his art. Humanism is mostly related to this piece because the artwork in the chapel is greatly admired whereas other chapels or churches would admire the gods more than the artwork. You could learn more about the Sistine Chapel at http://www.rome.info/michelangelo/sistine-chapel/.

Citations

"Michelangelo." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

Portrait of Michelangelo (1475-1564). c. 1522. Photograph. Art, Archaeology and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives). N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Web.

Conversion of Saint Paul. 1542-45. Photograph. Italian and Other European Art (Scala Archives), Pauline Chapel, Vatican. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Web.

Rome: Sistine Chapel: Ceiling Frescos: The Libyan Sibyl. 1508-1512. Photograph. Art, Archaeology and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives), Sistine Chapel (Vatican Palace, Vatican City). N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Web.

Crucifixion of Saint Peter. 1545-50. Photograph. Italian and Other European Art (Scala Archives), Pauline Chapel, Vatican. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Web.