Works of Michelangelo Essay

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Michelangelo was known in the Renaissance as a sculptor, painter, architect, poet and engineer. Throughout his life he produced numerous sculptures and paintings, and countless other works of art. Due to the sheer quantity of works produced by Michelangelo, we will focus on three well-known pieces: the statue of David, the Pietà and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Both these statues were done around the same time, early on in Michelangelo’s life; they were both completed before he turned thirty. The statue of David was completed between 1501 and 1504. It depicts the young Israelite king David at the moment of battle with Goliath. It is 13.5 feet tall and is sculpted from marble. The Pietà which was actually created prior to David, from 1498 to 1499, depicts Madonna cradling the lifeless body of Jesus, after his crucifixion. It was sculpted from marble and is about 5.7 feet by 6.4 feet; it was then placed in the St. Peter’s Basilica. The Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the most renowned works to be produced during the High Renaissance. Of the three works discussed, this one was created last, between 1508 and 1512. Illustrated on the ceiling is much of the doctrine of the Catholic Church such as the Creation of Adam from Genesis. In 1501 the Florence Cathedral committee asked Michelangelo to finish the “Great” block of marble. It had been languishing in the workshop of the Operai del Duomo in Florence since Agostino di Duccio had roughed it out for the monumental figure of a prophet in 1466, and the spoilt it completely. This early sculpture affirmed his fascination with the human form, specifically the male nude, and his formal references to classical antiquity. This style appealed to Julius II, and subsequently brought Michelangelo to the attention of the pope, which lead to many papal commissions; such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which

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