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Sculptor, Painter, and Architect

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo's style can be classified as High Renaissance. His works depicted many religious scences; including the creation of man. Michelangelo's individual style for painting integrated techniques of sculpting because though known for his intricate and detailed paintings, he resented painting over sculpting.

"painting seems to me more to be held good the more it approaches sculpture, and sculpture to be held bad the more it approaches painting: and therefore I used to think that sculpture was the lantern to painting, and that between the one and the other was that difference which there is between the sun and the moon."' - Michelangelo

"The Last Judgement" - Michelangelo (1541)

"The Last Judgment" - Gislebertus

How "The Last Judgement"-Michelangelo and "The Last Judgement"- Gislebertus are related:Both depict religious scences big in the Catholic church.Each work is displayed in a chapel, though Michelangelo's was made in the 14th century and Gislebertus' in the 12th century. Both also show Jesus in the center, with Mary clinging to his side, and many of his disciples and followers around him.

Though Michelangelo is known for his paintings and sculptures, he was also a skilled architect. But one of his orginal designs were used.

Several different trends emerged in Europe during the period of the late Renaissance: Mannerism, which exaggerated High Renaissance ideals and became a highly popular form of decorative art; and Realism, which emphasized the depiction of everyday reality rather than religious or Classical scenes. This particular period in art and architecture entailed, among other things, a dramatic reinterpretation of Michelangelo's High Renaissance ideals, a renewed interest in science, and a conflicted, multi-layered emphasis on human emotion and passion. Michelangelo's influence, therefore, continued to shape European art, especially during the periods that involved a reevaluation of Classicism, religion, and the human form.

Michelangelo's mother, was too sick and frail to nurse him, so he was placed in a family of stone cutters, where he, "sucked in the craft of hammer and chisel with [his] foster mother's milk." When Michelangelo turned 13-years old he shocked and enraged his father when told that he had agreed to apprentice in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. Though after about one year of learning the art of fresco, Michelangelo went on to study at the sculpture school in the Medici gardens and shortly thereafter was invited into the household of Lorenzo de' Medici, the Magnificent. There he was able to build his reputation as an up and coming artist.

"David" (1501-1504)


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