Michelangelo Paper - Nicole Heppner 24 March 2012 Professor...

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Nicole Heppner24 March 2012Professor OttinsonArt 221Pieta by Michelangelo The talent of Michelangelo still is and always has been undeniable. He is described as the best artist of the Renaissance period. Unlike most artists at that time, his genius was recognized throughout the majority of his career. He is famous for not only his life sized sculptures but for his incredible frescos and architecture as well.1He has worked with numerous mediums that helped him create such a diverse collection of masterpieces. Michelangelo’s fame has lived on for multiple centuries and generations. He was looked to as an inspiration for many artists after this time. His work and talent is still very much recognized to this day by people of all ages across the world.Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475 in the small Italian village of Caprese.1He was the son of a local magistrate by the name of Ludovico Buonarroti. Growing up, Michelangelo was expected to pursue a career in the same field as his father.2He spent most of his childhood without a mother, which lead to a lack in emotional attention as a child.Even at a young age, Michelangelo was consistently eager to learn new things. He learned how to read and write at a fairly young age and was always looking for a new interest to study.1 Michelangelo spent his time learning new skills in school until he reached the age of twelve, when he became the apprentice to a 1 "Michelangelo Buonarroti." 301 Moved Permanently. Web. 25 Mar. 2012. -index2.html2 "Pieta by Michelangelo." Garden of Praise. Web. 25 Mar. 2012. <>.
famous painter in Florence by the name of Domenico Ghirlandaio. Ghirlandaio specialized in fresco so he had taught Michelangelo the skills needed in order to become a fresco painter. However, after a year or so of painting, Michelangelo turned his attention to sculpting.2 He left working as an apprentice to attend an art school in the Medici gardens so he could study the art sculpting. Aside from studying art, Michelangelo also spent time in school studying human anatomy and paid a great deal of attention to the structure of the human body. He learned the details of the human body and understood how the body functioned. This skill later helped him succeed as a sculptor
by producing such detailed and accurate figures.1
3At the young age of about twenty-three, Michelangelo carved one his first and most famous sculptures, entitled Pieta.2 The statue was commissioned for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres, who was a representative in Rome. Pieta was originally created for the cardinal’s funeral monument, but was later moved to its current location in Vatican City at St. Peter’s Basilica. The sculpture displayed the Virgin Mary holding the

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