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Artists’ Birthdays: March the 6th – Michelangelo (1475)

March 6, 2012

Would you like to know it all? We would! That’s why the theme for our Know It All Section for 2012 is Artists’ Birthdays. We hope that these posts will help to increase our and your knowledge in Art History. Lets get acquainted with more painters, lets recognise their artwork and be inspired by the masterpieces!

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Michelangelo (1475 - 1564)

Not long before Christopher Columbus discovered America (1492), the greatest artist of all times was born (1475) in Caprese, Tuscany. Even now, after more than 500 years,it is said that “as an artist he was (and still is) unmatched, the creator of works of sublime beauty that express the full breadth of the human condition”. Unlike many artists of his time, his genius was recognized, yet his personal life had to be sacrifised – Art flourished only with patronage and that’s why Michelangelo was caught in a constant battle between two conflicting nobel families.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.

If you would like to know more about Michelangelo’s life do visit this website. There you will find a very well written biography, with quite a few quotes from his own diaries – from what his father said when he found out that his son wanted to be an artist (“When I told my father that I wish to be an artist, he flew into a rage, ‘artists are laborers, no better than shoemakers.”) to a very thorough account of what was going in his mind (“Already at 16, my mind was a battlefield: my love of pagan beauty, the male nude, at war with my religious faith. A polarity of themes and forms…one spiritual, the other earthly, I’ve kept these carvings on the walls of my studio to this very day.”).

Michelangelo's Pieta

In order to see Michelangelo’s artworks you’ll have to head for Rome or Florence as none of the photographs you might find online can reveal the true beauty of his sculptures, frescoes or paintings. But if you can’t book your flights just yet, here’s a treat – please click here to watch a video (nearly an hour long) about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.

Information found on Wikipedia.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 18, 2012 1:38 am

    What a great blog! So nice to see a remembrance of Michelangelo’s birthday. I also posted a tribute to him on his birthday.

    Best wishes! Elliott

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