Michelangelo Buonarroti

By: Izzy Clark

Biography

    Michelangelo was born March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. Michelangelo spent most of his life in Florence, Italy. He received the beginnings of humanistic education in the Medici household. He was also tutored by a grammarian and learned a modicum of Latin, a good hand, and how to write properly. He was a sculptor, painter, architect, and was an accomplished poet. An article stated "Althoughhis art occasionally was criticized Michelangelo"s influence and reputation have always been acknowledged"(Michelangelo Buonarroti, Wallace 1). He is also the creator of the Pieta, David, Moses, and the painter Sistine Chapel ceiling. Throughout his time as an artist Michelangelo had 9 popes as his patrons, including Pope Leo Giovanni and Pope Guilio Clement VII, and many other people.

The Work

One of Michelangelo's major pieces is the Sistine Chapel ceiling. This piece was created in the Renaissance. The only place you can see this painting in person is actually going to the Sistine Chapel to witness its beauty. I find the piece interesting because I enjoy the colors and texture but there is also a certain beauty to it that caught my eye. The main significance to this piece was that it was actually painted on the ceiling of the chapel. This piece could be used as an example of secularism because there are gods in the piece but also could be an example of humanism because it has human characteristics.