Who is the Great Michelangelo

           Michelangelo is an name that rings a bell to a lot of people. A true genius Michelangelo's creations are a masterpiece. In this article you can read about the Michelangelo's amazing creations from the David statue to The Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo’s full name is Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. He was born to Lodovico di Leonardo di Buonarroti di Simoni, and Francesca di Neri del Miniato di Siena on March 6, 1475, and died at around the age of 90 on February 18, 1564. He was the second out of 5 brothers. Michelangelo was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and poet., the Pieta and David, are two of his best-known works and were sculpted before he was thirty. Michelangelo also created two of the most powerful works in wall painting in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel located in Rome Italy. As a young boy, Michelangelo’s father had pushed him to study however; the boy did not seem to have any interest. He preferred to sketch and copy paintings he saw in church. Michelangelo was born with talent.



The David Statue

This statue is said to be the most famous on in the world. Hard to believe, but this statue started out as a big block of solid, cold marble! The Statue is placed in the perfect contrapostal pose. This is a natural, relaxed position. A lot of Greek art used this method., along with the wet drapery affect and nakedness. But back to the incredible David Statue…Michelangelo emphasized the muscles and the tendons to the point where it looks almost real. Once the statue was finished, a board of the highest-ranking citizens and artists decided that it must be placed in the main square of the town, in front of the Town Hall. This was the first time during ancient times that a large statue of a nude man was to be displayed in such a public place. Today, you can find it in the Galeria dell'Academia in Firenze, along with many more of Michelangelo’s famous pieces of art. This 4-year project (1500-1504) was and still is a masterpiece and the most recognized statue in the history of art.


The Pieta

Also painted by Michelangelo, the Pieta depicts the Virgin Mary holding the body of her son Jesus Christ after his death. This 2-year project started with a single slab of marble, and quickly transformed into the most incredible sculptures created today. Michelangelo decided to put his own spin on this piece. He created a young, serene and calm Virgin Mary rather than a broken hearted and somewhat elder woman. When Michelangelo had completed this statue, he was full of pride as he watched people admire his work in shock. However, this pride turned to anger in a snap. One day, Michelangelo overheard a group of people giving credit to other artists of his time. Due to his anger, Michelangelo decided to add one last final touch to his piece. Along the sash of the Virgin Mary, Michelangelo carved in his name. This is the only piece that this great artist has ever signed. Today, you can find this amazing piece in St. Peter’s Basilica, located in Vatican City.

The Sistine Chapel

As we know, Michelangelo was not only known for his sculptures, but he was known widely for his paintings. One of his most famous paintings is located on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This too was a 4-year project, taking place from 1508 to 1512. Pope Julius II commissioned this big project. Initially, Michelangelo had not wanted to paint the ceiling, but the Pope had left him with no choice but to accept. Michelangelo had designed a platform called a scaffold, which was made entirely out of wooden planks, and kept him up, closer to the ceiling so he could paint. For weeks upon weeks, Michelangelo stayed there, eating, sleeping, and practically lived there. He mixed Christianity and Greek Mythology in his painting. Michelangelo shows the creation of Adam and Eve and the great flood, both stories from the Old Testament. Michelangelo shows Greek Mythology by painting the Oracle of Delphi, although some say that Michelangelo painted the Oracle as himself. By the completion of his painting, Michelangelo had painted 300 figures on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.



Michelangelo Overview

In the end, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni died of a slower fever in February 1564. He was drawn to art at such a young age. Although his mother died when he was young, the great artist lived a long and wonderful life, painting and being happy. His many art pieces are still around today and are seen by millions of tourist. Some of his most famous pieces are the Statue of David, the Pieta and the immense Mural of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. So next time your around Italy, don’t forget to visit these wonderful places and see the amazing artwork done by the great Michelangelo!