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University Of Santo Tomas
High School Department
School Year 2012-2013

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Master of Masters
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Life in the paintins of Michelangelo
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A Research Paper
Presented to
Ms. Noemi M. Visorde
English Department
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University of Santo Tomas High School
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In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for
English IV

Submitted by:
Christian Michael T. Salazar
IV – St. Dominica
March 1, 2013
Table of Contents
ChapterPage
Outline……………………………………………………………………………….i
Reference Sheet…………………………………………………………………...ii I. INTRODUCTION.............................................................................................5 Background
Research Objectives
Research Questions
II. RESEARCH METHOD and THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK……….…..........7 III. RELATED READINGS…………………………………….................................8 IV. DISCUSSION………………………………………………………………..…….10 Life of Michelangelo…………………………………………...………................10 History of his works………………………………………..………......................13 Michelangelo vs. Leonardo da Vinci………………………………………...…..18 V. CONCLUSION and RECOMMENDATION………………...…………………...21 Appendices………………………………………………………………...……....24 Reference List…………………………………………………………...………...26

CHAPTER IV. DISCUSSION
History of his Works
Michelangelo is one of the most famous artists of all time, with many masterpieces attributed to him such as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel which remains one of his most well-known projects. Michelangelo, however, like all other artists did not create his artwork simply from spontaneous inspiration or invention. He was influenced by many different factors such as religion and other philosophies that were actively practiced in society. His art and even his writings show these influences and can be noticed thanks to certain aspects of his works. One major influence on Michelangelo’s artwork was the writings of Dante, who was among the other philosophers that he studied in his youth. Robert Liebert describes its strong hold over him well: “In addition to all this, Michelangelo was familiar, from his youthful days among the Neoplatonic philosophers at the Medici Gardens, with Pico della Mirandola’s attempt to reconcile the Christian and pagan worlds…” (Liebert, 352) It is very evident from this passage that Michelangelo spent a lot of time contemplating the different viewpoints and ideas of the different philosophers of this era. It is expressed in numerous works that Michelangelo took many of their ideas to heart and used them in his written works of art, implementing these ideas in his poetry. Dante’s writings, such as the Divine Comedy and the most famous part of it which is called The Inferno, were centralized around religious themes, and Christianity was also a primary subject of Michelangelo’s artwork. Though Dante was more highly thought of as a prevalent poet as opposed to a philosopher, the Christian symbolism in his works appear to have had a profound effect on Michelangelo nonetheless. Liebert takes a particular interest in Michelangelo’s emphasis in his religious paintings. For instance, he places importance on a lesser known religious figure in his piece, The Last Judgment. Saint Bartholomew is featured as a prominent person in this artwork even though in Christianity he was thought of as a less important figure compared to the other saints. This choice on the part of Michelangelo indicates that perhaps Michelangelo had some fascination with the lesser known Biblical figures who were not commonly represented. (Liebert, 343 - 344) Among Michelangelo’s influences as a writer were Petrarch and St. Augustine, who played a major role in Michelangelo’s own...
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