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Michelangelo Buonarroti born in the sixteenth century was perhaps one of thegreatest artisans of all time He was an accomplished artist sculptorarchitect and poet who demonstrated his great skill with the creation of manyastounding works Michelangelos artwork consisted of paintings and sculpturesthat showed humanity in its natural state He is remembered today as the man whohad sculpted the David and the Pieta which are two of the most stunningsculptures to come out of the Renaissance period Although sculpting was thelove of his life his paintings of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and TheLast Judgement are considered by many his best masterpiecesMichelangelos artistic career can be divided into two periods In the earlyperiod he focused on realism During this early period Michelangelos worksincluded the Pieta and the David At the age of 24 he completed a statue calledthe Pieta which is still in its original place in Saint Peters BasilicaThis marble sculpture shows the dead Jesus Christ in his mothers arms In 1501Michelangelo returned to Florence Italy to sculpt the famous nude sculpturecalled the David The David measures 18 feet tall and is so massive thatit took 40 men to move it from Michelangelos workshop Liebert 72The second period of Michelangelos career was based upon his own imaginationIn 1505 Michelangelo was summoned by Pope Julius II to fabricate a monumentaltomb for him We have no clear sense of what the tomb was to look like sinceover the years it went through at least five conceptual revisions and was neveractually finished due to frustrating delays A short time after starting thetomb Pope Julius II selected Michelangelo to fresco the Sistine Chapel ceilingWhen other artists were asked to paint ceilings they lied down on thescaffolding Michelangelo painted in a standing position which caused him muchdiscomfort Liebert 146-147 Michelangelo even wrote a sonnet in which hedescribed the pain he felt while painting the Sistine Chapel ceilingMy bellys pushed by force beneath my chinMy beard toward Heaven I feel
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