Michelangelo Paintings Oil Painting Reproductions
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Michelangelo was one of the greatest painters and sculptors of the Renaissance but embodied several talents and areas of expertise which allow him to be classified as the typical symbol for the Renaissance man. Despite his numerous talents, Michelangelo’s most accomplished talents were his painting, particularly frescos and sculpture. He is considered one of the founders of the High Renaissance. Born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni in Caprese, a village in Florentine territory, Michelangelo was considered a member of the gentry. His father was unhappy with his choice of becoming a painter because he felt the work would be beaneath his social status. His first major works were sculptures of Bacchus and the famed Pieta. The Pieta is a sculptural representation of the Virgin Mary cradled the Christ after his crucifixion. It is one of Michelangelo’s most well-known early religious sculptures. In fact, it is the piece which allowed him to improve his reputation and gain fame as a master sculptor and artist. The sculpture practiced by Michelangelo looks back to the Greeks who prized the human form and created similar, but often less masterful end products than the works that Michelangeo was able to accomplish. Two of Michelangelo’s most highly esteemed works are the fresco in the dome of the Sistine Chapel (a fragment of which is known as The Creation of Man) and his sculpture David. These works exhibit his varying master skills in very different artistic mediums. The sculpture took only three years to complete despite the fact that it is over fourteen feet tall. Though it currently rests in the Accademia, the sculpture was originally located outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a reminder of the determination of Florence which had to continually fight off attacks. It was finally complete in 1504. These types of public sculptures were greatly important at the time as a representation of a city’s philosophies and pride and were used as a way to impart these ideas to their citizens, as well as remind them of them frequently. The fresco at the Sistine Chapel was Michelangelo’s biggest commission. Despite the huge scale of the project, Michelangelo always preferred sculpture over painting. The subject matter of the Sistine Chapel is a large representation of the Bible which ranges from the creation of man to other popular scenes within the Holy Book. The Last Judgment was one of Michelangelo’s later commissions which was created on one of the walls of the Sistine Chapel to contrast with his earlier frescoed work on the ceiling of the chapel. This opportunity allowed Michelangelo the chance to create a new mood of destruction to contrast with the more airy and less damning subject matter of the uplifting fresco on the dome of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo also had a great influence in the development of later styles of painting. Specifically, he is credited with being a popular proponent of the Mannerist style of painting which was often the style for commissioned portraits of nobility and other upper class citizens.