Michelangelo's Achievements

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One of the greatest artists, sculptors, architects and poets in the western region was Michelangelo. Michelangelo was born in March 6, 1475. He had great influence in the Florentine Renaissance. His career was fully documented more than any artist because they considered him as the greatest living artist in his lifetime period. His first known sculptor was 'Pietà '. Pieta made his reputation as a sculpture and when he returned to Florence he was well-known. After that he worked on another masterpiece which is David. He released his 'David ' in 1504 and that was the beginning of Michelangelo.
The Pieta sculpture helped Michelangelo’s career and made his reputation. The story of Pieta is that Jesus was placed in the Virgin Mary’s lap. She
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The Ceiling was decorated in two stages by more than one artist. It was first painted like a simple blue sky with stars by Botticelli and Rosellas. The first name of the chapel was Capella Magna. The second stage was in 1503 when the new pope Julius wanted to change the chapel’s decoration. He wanted it to look magnificent, so he commanded Michelangelo to do it. However, Michelangelo hesitated because he was sculptor, not a painter. Also, he dedicated his time sculpting the king’s tomb. The pope insisted on Michelangelo and finally he accepted to work on it. Although he accepted to work on the ceiling, the wanted more money than what the pope offered because it needed so much work. As a result, it will damage his eyes. Subsequently, he started working on the chapel in 1504 and finished it in four years. The ceiling of the chapel contains nine scenes from Genesis. The most famous three are “The Creation of Adam”, “The Darkness of Noah and “The Separation of Light from…show more content…
The chapel contains tombstones of the members. It was firstly the work of by Pope Clement VII in 1520. Later on, Michelangelo took over the work and continued from 1520 to 1534. He gave his full concentration to the marble interior of this chapel, the very original wall design and the carved figures on the tombs. Michelangelo determined to pay closer attention to position the windows to achieve the lighting essential to the mood and purpose of the structure. Moreover, the circular flour has its role in it. The idea of the tombs were not treated as portraits but as categories. Lorenzo the Magnificent was characterized as the reflective man. However, Giuliano the Elder was characterized as the active man. (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2016)” At his feet recline the figures of “Night” and “Day.” “Night,” a giantess, is twisting in uneasy slumber; “Day,” a herculean figure, looks wrathfully over his shoulder. Just as imposing, but far less violent, are the two companion figures reclining between sleep and waking on the sarcophagus of Lorenzo.” The figures Dawn and Night represents women whose qualities are tall, slim and have small feet. These qualities considered beautiful at that time. These females form a contrast structure. Dawn is a virginal figures she seems like trying to emerge into life. In addition, the position
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