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Famous Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti
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Michelangelo Buonarroti

Painter & sculptor extraordinary!

Michelangelo Buonarroti was a painter, sculptor, architect, and poet. His artistic accomplishments had a tremendous influence on his contemporaries and on subsequent European art. He was universally acknowledged as a supreme artist in his own lifetime. Even though he thought of himself as a sculptor, he was forced by the Pope to paint the Sistine Chapel, the world's greatest single fresco.

He considered the male nude to be the foremost subject in art. Michelangelo continually sought challenge, whether physical, artistic, or intellectual. He favored media that required hard physical labor-marble carving and fresco painting. In painting figures, he chose poses that were especially difficult to draw. He gave his works several layers of meaning, by including multiple references to mythology, religion, and other subjects.

His success in conquering the difficulties he set for himself is remarkable, but he left many of his works unfinished, as if he were defeated by his own ambition. In 1534, Michelangelo left Florence for Rome, where he was to spend the remainder of his life. His last paintings were the frescoes of the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter in the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican. Michelangelo died on February 18, 1564.

Quotations:

"If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."

"What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed?"

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."


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