Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly referred to simply as Michelangelo, was born on March 6, 1475, in the city of Caprese, Italy (Symonds). Through an early artist friend, Michelangelo was able to secure an apprenticeship with painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. It is with Ghirlandaio that Michelangelo learned many techniques that would serve him well in the future. These techniques contributed to his enormous success as an artist (Hibbard 16). Michelangelo had a remarkable career as an artist and was highly recognized for his artistic virtuosity. Michelangelo was a renowned painter, sculptor, and architect which made him excel in the fields of visual arts, sculpting, and architecture. Many of Michelangelo’s works are known well even still today. Some of these works include the Pieta and David statutes along with the Sistine chapel’s ceiling paintings. Michelangelo remained a Florentine at heart but spent most of his lifetime living in Rome where, at the age of 88, he died.
Sculpture during the Renaissance era was considered the finest art form since it imitated divine creation. After Michelangelo relocated to Rome, he had a career breakthrough through the French King Charles VIII’s representative to the Pope, Cardinal Lagraulas (Hibbard 17). In 1497, Cardinal Lagraulas and Michelangelo solidified the plans to create the Pieta which would be one of Michelangelo’s most recognizable sculptures (Bull 39). The Pieta is a sculpture of Mary holding Jesus who was dead on her lap, and it was finished in a few months. The Pieta, which means compassion or pity, created awe among its early spectators. It is claimed that Michelangelo overheard pilgrims say that his piece of art resembled another artist’s sculpture. This …
…lo had during his lifetime and beyond stand as a great indication as to how powerful and talented an artist he truly was.
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