Friday, December 7, 2012

Presentation: Michelangelo


Full name: Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

Born: in Caprese, in Tuscany, March 6, 1475
Died: at age 88 on February 18 1564

Recognized for his:
Sculpture, painting, architecture, and poetry


Sculpture of David
  -The high point of Michelangelo's early style is the gigantic (4.34 m/ 14.24 ft) marble David (Accademia, Florence), which he produced between 1501 and 1504, after returning to Florence.
               -He used David as a model of heroic courage, in the hope that the Florentines would understand his message.
Matierals used: Carrara marble
Objective thought: Michelangelo chose to represent David as an athletic, manly character, very concentrated and ready to fight. The extreme tension is seen in his worried look and in his right hand, holding a stone. The meaning of this David becomes fully clear if we take into consideration the historical circumstances of its creation. Michelangelo was devoted to the Republic, and wanted each citizen to become aware of his responsibilities and commit himself to accomplishing his duty.

Subjective thought: Without knowing anything about Michelanglo, I would've thought he simply created David to represent human and representing humans through David.
Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

-          It took approximetlly 4 years to paint this. He called other artists to help but he soon fired all of his assistants, removed what had already been painted and, between the end of 1508 and January 1509, recommenced the whole demanding enterprise on his own.
-      he had painted over 300 figures on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Materials used: Frescoes (A painting done rapidly in watercolor on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling, so that the colors penetrate the plaster and become fixed as it dries).
           -Objective thought: The main panels down the center depict scenes from the Book of Genesis, from the Creation, to the Fall, to shortly after Noah's deluge.

     -Subjective thought: I believed the whole ceiling told a story of God and all the creations. I chose this paiting because I enjoy going to church and viewing the paitings on the windows. So when I seen this paiting, it reminds me of going to church and viewing the art work. It also reminds me when I travel to Ecuador and go to a church and they have huge paintings of the scenes from the bible.


-still in its original place in Saint Peter's Basilica. One of the most famous works of art and was probably finished before he  was 25 years old.
Matierals used: Marble
Objective thought: The youthful Mary is shown seated majestically, holding the dead Christ across her lap, a theme borrowed from northern European art. Instead of revealing extreme grief, Mary is restrained, and her expression is one of resignation.
Subjective thought: Young Mary is carrying the body of dead Christ. She is sadden by the death. By holding him, she isn't giving up on believing in him.
I picked this art work because I like the way Mary's face expression is protrayed as.

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