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Michelangelos David Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in the small village of Carprese and grew up in Florence Florence was the artistic center of the early Renaissance a period of outstanding artistic innovation and accomplishment that began in the early 1400s The master pieces that surrounded Michelangelo were his best teachers-ancient Greek and Roman statuary and the paintings sculpture and architecture of early Renaissance masters Masaccio Lorenzo Ghiberti Donatello Jacopo della Quercia and Filippo Brunelleschi As a child he preferred drawing to schoolwork despite his fathers stern approval And from this one of the greatest painters sculptors architects or poets was made Michelangelo was born in 1475 and passed away in 1564 Michelangelo was an expert in the human anatomy which shows on almost every one of his works Michelangelo considered the male nude to be the foremost subject in art and he explored its range of movement and expression in every medium Even his architecture has a human aspect to it in which a door window or support may refer to the face or body or the position of architectural elements may suggest muscular tension I chose one of Michelangelos greatest works Michelangelos David Michelangelos David is one of the greatest statues ever created The subject of this work is the Old Testament story of David and Goliath in which the young David future king of Israel slings a stone from his slingshot to kill the giant Goliath thereby saving Davids nation David is in a relaxed position after the battle with Goliath In Michelangelos time it would have been more usual to show David before the battle getting ready for the big fight or after the battle victorious and triumphant with a foot on Goliaths corpse Michelangelo however sculpted a David that looks more thoughtful Most of the excitement is over after the battle and his muscles are relaxed The slingshot he carries over his shoulder is nearly out of sight
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