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Michelangelo Buonnarotis Dying Slave The Dying Slave a marble sculpture by Michelangelo Buonnaroti now resides at the Louvre in Paris Dying Slave was intended to be a part of Pope Julius IIs tomb Michelangelo started on the Dying Slave in 1505 and ended in 1513 at the Popes death when economic factors changed plans for the tomb Because of his great intelligence Michelangelo is probably the most famous of all sculptors and his two Slaves in the Louvre including the Dying Slave and the Rebellious Slave are the best known works in the sculpture department Michelangelos father and art mentor was Lorenzo deMedicis a famous artist He was therefore exposed heavily to the arts and thoughts of the ancient world This resulted in Michelangelos art as well as his poetry bearing at first a great resemblance to the art and thought of the ancient world As he got better his art slowly progressed into something nobody else had ever accomplished setting new standards for artists of the Renaissance Michelangelos art had two main components which were also two components of the Renaissance art style These consist of a revival of the classical forms originally developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans a great concern for secular life along with an interest in humanism and individualism Michelangelo along with many artists of the High Renaissance reduced his art to the bare essentials in order for attention to be focused on the theme of the art piece Michelangelo viewed himself primarily as a sculptor describing art as a calling through which we are brought to recognize humans dignity Michelangelo claimed that his sole tool was the chisel Beauty was to him divine and one of the many ways God communicated with humans The High Renaissance the period during which Michelangelo was an artist signified change for the art community Michelangelo set out to produce actual scenes of life not only those of happiness and
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