Years older than him who was learning the art of

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years older than him, who was learning the art of painting in Ghirlandaio's studio and who encouraged Michelangelo to follow his own artistic vocation. Michelangelo studied the human anatomy in order to make his painting more life like. In doing things the pictures looked and made the viewer feel that the picture was looking back. Studying the human anatomy was very typical among the Renaissance time period. To study the human anatomy he went a step further to study the corpses of the dead which was forbidden by The Church), the prior of the church of Santo Spirito, Niccolò Bichiellini, received a wooden crucifix from Michelangelo, it was a detailed view of Christ’s face. But his contact with the dead bodies caused problems with his health, obliging him to interrupt his activities periodically. Michelangelo produced at least two relief sculptures by the time he was 16 years old, the Battle of the Centaurs and the Madonna of the Stairs which show that he had achieved a personal style at a precocious age. In Michelangelo's personal diary he recounts his first two works: "My first work was a small bas-relief, The Madonna of the Stairs. Mary, Mother of God, sits on the rock of the church. The child curls back into her body. She foresees his death, and his return on the stairway to heaven. "My second work, another small relief. My tutor read me the myth of the battle of the Lapiths against the Centaurs. The wild forces of Life locked in heroic combat. "Already at 16, his mind was a battlefield: his love of pagan beauty, the male nude, at war with his own religious faith. A polarity of themes and forms...one spiritual, the other earthly, I've kept these carvings on the walls of my studio to this very day." I feel that Michelangelo
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had many great pieces of art, The Pieta, The David sculpture, and Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. I liked this piece the best because of the size and time it took to create the masterpiece. In 1508, Pope Julius II asked Michelangelo to paint the enormous building. Michelangelo devoted four year to the task spending up to four hours each day.
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