Michelangelo Buonarrotti a protagonist of the Italian Renaissance

Michelangelo Buonarrotti

Michelangelo Buonarroti was an important Italian Renaissance artist, painter, sculptor, poet and architect. Michelangelo was born in 1475 near Arezzo from a noble Florentine family in economic difficulties who, returning to Florence, entrusted his newborn son to a nurse who was part of a family of stonecutters in Settignano; once he became famous, he said that he had grown up with "milk mixed with marble powder". After a humanist training, in 1487 he entered the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio as an apprentice, in short the best of the students. He attracted the attention of Lorenzo dei Medici who welcomed him into his family in 1490 as an adopted son, met the great figures of the time and absorbed the Neoplatonic philosophy. On Lorenzo's death, Michelangelo encountered difficulties in his relationship with his son, Piero. In 1494 and 95 he stayed in Bologna before returning to the city, under the protection of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco dei Medici. From 1496 to 1501 he was in Rome where he received many important commissions, including the famous "Pity" in Carrara marble and then passing through Siena returned to his city in 1501, when he was commissioned the "David". From 1505 to 1614 he returned to Rome, working on the Vault of the Sistine Chapel from 1508 to 1512. From 1516 to 1534 he continued to work in Florence.

In his life the relationship with his clients was ambiguous and often devoid of gratitude on the part of the artist. In 1534 he returned to Rome and worked on the "Last Judgment" until 1541. He was also appointed painter, sculptor and architect of the Vatican Palace. From 1546 he slowly began to abandon painting and sculpture. In 1564 he died in Rome at the age of 88, but his remains were brought to Florence and rest in Santa Croce, under the weeping figures of painting, sculpture and architecture, monumental tomb designed by Giorgio Vasari.

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The Creation of Adam (particular)

This fresco is part of the decoration of the Sistine Chapel, near the Vatican Museums in Rome. The detail presented here depicts the hand of the...

The Creation of Adam

The creation of Adam is a fresco located inside the fourth vault of the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican museums in Rome, made by Michelangelo...