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Drawings by Michelangelo That Give a Biography of Him Kevin KissaneRenaissance art May 6th, 2019Professor Kellerby
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1Michelangelo (1475-1564), from the Italian Renaissance era, and he was born in Caprese, Italy. Michelangelo had 4 brothers and they all grew up in Florence, Italy. His mother died when he was still pretty young. He worked all over Italy creating masterpieces. Michelangelo never enjoyed his education as much as he enjoyed watching artists make drawings and paintings, and according to he would go on and make a successful attempt at creating the artwork that these artists of his time made. His father took him out of school and put him into an apprenticeship position at a painting workshop, and here he got to work with Domenico Ghirlandaio who taught Michelangelo how to create Fresco’s. Shortly Later Ghirlandaio would recommend Michelangelo to Medici family. Here he would get to work with some of the greatest humanists of his time and he would learn a lot from these people. Michelangelo was working with the Medici family and he luckily left to further his artwork right before they were banned. He then would go on to travel around Italy mainly creating artwork for church. He would finish his career in Florence, Italy with the finishing touches of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo was a well-known artist of his time. Michelangelo’s drawings speak to his biography and allow the viewer a glimpse of what his life was like. The drawings that I will be using include a drawing that was made after Masaccio’s Tribute Money (Fig 1), 2which is drawn in his earlier years when he is still working as an apprentice for Domenico Ghirlandaio, I will also be using the drawing Head of a Child (Fig 2), 3which happens to be around the same time that his brother Buonarroti's youngest son Simone dies, and the last drawing that I will be using 1. Hibbard, Howard. Michelangelo. 2nded. New York: Harper & Row, 1974, 16-20. All subsequent info. 2. Hibbard, Howard Michelangelo.2nded. New York: Harper & Row, 1974, 18. 3. Wallace, William E. “Michelangelo’s Baby.” Master Drawings. 44.3(2006): 360.
Project for a Wall Tomb for Pope Julius II (Fig 3), and this drawing is actually a sculpture as well. All of these drawings by Michelangelo allow a viewer to further interpret his biography. His drawings can tell you about what was happening in his life and the drawings could be made to help him create his other pieces of artwork. The first drawing by Michelangelo that I will use to argue is the drawing that was made after Masaccio’s Tribute Money (Fig 1).4This drawing was made by Michelangelo while he was still under the apprenticeship of Domenico Ghirlandaio, which was around the years 1489-1490, and Michelangelo used a method of drawing called cross-hatching that his master Ghirlandaio taught him.

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