Instructor: Anne Olden
April 9th, 2012
1. Thesis statement
a. Michelangelo’s sculpting of David, the Pieta, as well as his painting of the Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel was some of his great works that influenced the art of the 16th century; Leonardo da Vince also contributed great works such as; the Last Supper, the Mona Lisa, and the Modonna of the Rocks. 2. David
a. Michelangelo was summoned by Piero Soderini, to sculpt the David from marble in Florence in 1501 (David, n.d.). His sculptor was different from previous ones in that he chose the moment before he slays the giant. His head is turned to the side watching the giant approaching, and you can see his intent on his face (Kleiner, 2010). This piece was has a highlight of the renaissance art, and one of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures. This piece is only matched by his Pieta`. 3. Pieta`
a. Michelangelo’s first masterpiece was a Pieta` (kleiner, 2010). Cardinal Jean de Bilhe`res Lagraulas commissioned this piece for the old Saint Peter’s chapel. It depicts Mary with her son on her lap. She is looking down in a morning his recent death. There has been controversy over the age depicted of Mary. She appears to be younger than Christ (kleiner, 2010). Michelangelo made the choice to sculpt her this way to portray her innocence and purity (Pieta` n.d.). 4. Creation of Adam
a. The Creation of Adam is displayed on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, Rome, Italy (Regnier, 2006). As is Michelangelo’s usual style he strays from the “traditional representation” (kleiner, 2010 p.472 par.2). His painting is in a humanistic style, with God flying through the air with angels and a red cape. The effects of the wind are evident in his beard and cloak (Pieta`, n.d.). He holds true to his style in showing the muscles and the vivid expressions of the characters...