The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti

When thinking of famous painters, one is sure to remember Michelangelo Buonarroti. His last name may not be heard as much, but the mere mention of Michelangelo, we automatically recognize it. Who wouldn’t? That is true especially if you have grown up watching a cartoon series of four turtles becoming ninja, each bearing a famous painter’s name.

But who is Michelangelo really? He was born in 1475, yet sadly didn’t grow in his parent’s care, but of surrogate parents. His mother, being sick, was not capable of bringing him up. Living with surrogate parents was a blessing since that is where he learned how to paint. Although his real father didn’t like the profession he wanted to pursue, he still continued his apprenticeship. His initial desire, and ending desire as well, is more of sculpting rather than painting.

It was Lorenzo de Medici, owner of the Medici Gardens where Michelangelo studied sculpture, who encouraged him and made the great renaissance thinkers known to Michelangelo. He later left for Bologna, and then went to Rome. It is in Rome that he witnessed marble statues which inspired him to create a famous sculpture of Mother Mary holding the lifeless body of Jesus Christ. This is the La Pieta.

The next significant piece that he was employed to create was the statue of David which represents the republic of Florence’s achievement of liberty. This made him known to Pope Julius II who commissioned him to paint the ceiling of the now famous Sistine Chapel, located in the Vatican. Originally, he was asked to create twelve paintings for the chapel, but he went beyond that and painted three hundred figures which covered the entire ceiling. The painting seemed like a story book of the bible, from the Adam and the Paradise up to Noah and the big flood. Curiously, the Pope wasn’t at all bothered by the nude bodies in the painting. Michelangelo’s painting of women put his sexuality in doubt. It has been observed that his paintings of women actually have masculine features.

It was later on decided that his paintings be censored, so draped cloths were painted over the figure’s genitals. He died in 1564.

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