Michelangelo and Da Vinci

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Silvia Dupuy
Art: 101 Art Appreciation
Instructor: Linda King
April 29, 2013

With being talented artists of the renaissance both Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci had the dream of bringing art to its original form but with different perspectives on how to portray their art, Michelangelo and Leonardo demonstrated their creations differently?

Michelangelo was borne on March 6, 1475 in Caprice Italy, his full mane was Michelangelo di Lodonico Buonarroti Simoni; his father was serving briefly as a magistrate in the small town where he had recorded the birth of his second son of five which he had with his wife, Francesca Neri. They returned to Florence while Michelangelo was still an infant during his mother’s illness, which Michelangelo had to be placed with a family of stonecutters, (“Michelangelo,”2013).

When it came to schooling Michelangelo was less interested in watching the painters and nearby churches and also drawing what he saw according to (Varsari, Condivi and Varchi), or maybe it could have been one of if grammar school friend, Francesco Granacci, who has introduces Michelangelo to the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio; which has made his father realized that Michelangelo was not interesting in the family financial business, so he agree to apprentice his son at the age of thirteen, (“Michelangelo,”2013).

At the Florentine painters workshop Michelangelo was exposed to the technique of fresco, he only spend one year at the work spot when and opportunity arrived. With the recommendatation of Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo moved in to the palace of the Florentine ruler Lorenzo the Magnificent one of the power Medici family. During 1489 to1492 was one of the fertile years for Michelangelo during that time with the Medici family, (“Michelangelo,”2013).

Michelangelo also study under the Beltordo di Giovanni the sculptor, who has exposed him to prominent poet’s scholars and learners of the Humanist. He obtains a special permission from the Catholic Church to study cadaver in anatomy and the exposure of corpses. Michelangelo consider his self as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and a poet and also as a Florentine one of the most famous artist in the Italian Renaissance time, (“Michelangelo.”2013).

Michelangelo thought of himself first as a sculptor with regards of the calling of his superior painting, because his sculptor shares something like the divine power to “make man”, (Kleiner 2010). His self imposed and isolation, creative furies, proud independency, and his daring independency had led the Italian to speak about his dominating quality of his work in one word (terribilita), (Kleiner 2010, pg.467). During his time he painted: The Last Judgment, The Creation of Adam and also The Sistine Chapel Ceiling.

Before starting the painting Julius ll had suspended the work on his tomb, the pope had gave the bitter Michelangelo to paint the ceiling (fig. 17-1) of the Sistine Chapel during 1508. He insisted that painting was not his profession, at that moment painting was consider secondary he was focus in sculpture at that time. He faces enormous difficulties in painting the Sistine ceiling. First he had to address the ceiling dimension, heights of the pavement, (Kleiner 2010).

The first part of the Sistine Chapel that Michelangelo had completed had to be redone, due to the faulty preparation of the intonaco, but yet in less than four years it took Michelangelo to produce a monumental fresco to incorporate his patron agenda, the Church doctrine and also the artist interest. Michelangelo succeed in putting together more than 300 figures in to an ultimate grand drama of a human race in to this portrait, (Kleiner 2010).

The Sistine Chapel Ceiling entails the creation and record of Genesis which runs along the crowns of the vaults, from God’s Separation of the Light and Darkness, including the Darkness of Noah, so when the viewer enter the church they could...
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