Pieta flourished.”(Michelangelo) At the age of twelve he

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Saint Peter’s Basilica
Michelangelo’s Life and Works
Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. He worked
as a painter, sculptor, architect, and poet until he was almost ninety. As
a student he studied the Bible, and used the stories and people in it for
his painting and sculptures. “He was one of the most important artists of
the Italian Renaissance, a period when the arts and sciences
flourished.”(Michelangelo) At the age of twelve he became an apprentice to
a prominent painter, but soon began to study sculptures instead. Somewhere
between 1496 and 1501 Michelangelo was in Rome creating the “Bacchus” and
the “Pieta”. The “Bacchus” was one of the few pagan works that
Michelangelo created. The “Pieta” was Michelangelo’s vision of Madonna and
Christ, and one of his most famous works of art. Mary being presented as
peaceful and the realistic structures makes it a good example of
Renaissance art. Between 1501 and 1504 Michelangelo began and completed
the sculpture “David”.

Somewhere between 1505 and 1508 he was called by Pope Julius II to
make a tomb for the Pope. Somewhere between 1508-1512 he painted the
ceiling 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, partly
because he dwells here on profundities of theology that most people need to
spelt out for them, and partly because he has balanced his biblical themes
and events with giant ingnudi.”(WebMuseum) ” Scholars debate whether he
had any guidance from the Church in the selection of the scenes, and what
meaning the scenes were to convey.” (Michelangelo) Late in 1533,
Michelangelo settled in Rome and painted the “The Last Judgement on the
alter wall of the Sistine Chapel. It was the largest painting of his time.

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Michelangelo was made chief architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica in
1546. He created the Saint Peter’s Basilica, which was one of his best
achievements. It became a model dome for domes all over the world. He did
two Frescoes in the Pauline Chapel in 1550 “The conversion of Paul” and
“The Crucifixion of Peter.” He died on February 18, 1564 before he could
complete his third “Pieta.”
The youthful Mary is sitting holding the dead Christ acrossed her
lap. Mary appears to be very sadden which of course we would expect.


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