PietaArtistMichelangeloDate 1498-1500MediumMarble Location Saint Peter’s BasilicaMichelangelo’s Life and WorksMichelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy.
He workedas a painter, sculptor, architect, and poet until he was almost ninety. Asa student he studied the Bible, and used the stories and people in it forhis painting and sculptures. “He was one of the most important artists ofthe Italian Renaissance, a period when the arts and sciencesflourished. “(Michelangelo) At the age of twelve he became an apprentice toa prominent painter, but soon began to study sculptures instead. Somewherebetween 1496 and 1501 Michelangelo was in Rome creating the “Bacchus” andthe “Pieta”.
The “Bacchus” was one of the few pagan works thatMichelangelo created. The “Pieta” was Michelangelo’s vision of Madonna andChrist, and one of his most famous works of art. Mary being presented aspeaceful and the realistic structures makes it a good example ofRenaissance art. Between 1501 and 1504 Michelangelo began and completedthe sculpture “David”.
Somewhere between 1505 and 1508 he was called by Pope Julius II tomake a tomb for the Pope. Somewhere between 1508-1512 he painted theceiling of the Sistine Chapel with the stories of the book of Geniuses. “The story of Creation that the ceiling spells out is far from simple,partly because Michelangelo was an exceedingly complicated man, partlybecause he dwells here on profundities of theology that most people need tospelt out for them, and partly because he has balanced his biblical themesand events with giant ingnudi. “(WebMuseum) ” Scholars debate whether hehad any guidance from the Church in the selection of the scenes, and whatmeaning the scenes were to convey.
” (Michelangelo) Late in 1533,Michelangelo settled in Rome and painted the “The Last Judgement on thealter wall of the Sistine Chapel. It was the largest painting of his time. Michelangelo was made chief architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica in1546.
He created the Saint Peter’s Basilica, which was one of his bestachievements. It became a model dome for domes all over the world. He didtwo Frescoes in the Pauline Chapel in 1550 “The conversion of Paul” and”The Crucifixion of Peter. ” He died on February 18, 1564 before he couldcomplete his third “Pieta.
“SubjectThe youthful Mary is sitting holding the dead Christ acrossed herlap. Mary appears to be very sadden which of course we would expect. Composition