Michelangelo Buonarroti (or simply Michelangelo, as he is usually referred to) was a very outstanding person not only in the Italian history but also in the world-scale culture. The variety of his occupations is impressive: painter, sculptor, architect, and writer. However, art has always been the uniting feature of the big variety of his interests. Michelangelo has been interested in painting since childhood. His father, Leonardo Simoni, a village judge, understood that his son was not attracted to education; he agreed to take Michelangelo as an intern to a luxurious art studio in Florence. This change in his life became a start of the great journey of the famous Italian artist. Michelangelo Buonarroti was able to study at first-hand the works of the major figures of the early Renaissance. His early years became a very fertile ground for the development of his talent. The genius of Michelangelo is as decent as the one of another mastermind from Italy, Leonardo da Vinci. “Michelangelo was one of the dominant figures of the Italian Renaissance” (Chapman 7).
The First Creations
The two sculptures such as “Battle of the Centaurs” and “Madonna Seated on a Step” became the first demonstrations of Michelangelo’s remarkable talent, and at that time he was only 16. In 1496, at the age of 26, the Italian artist crafted a sculpture, which lets us suppose that he did not limit himself by many social borders. It was a handiwork “Sleeping Cupid”, which was supposed to be purchased by a cardinal, but he refused to do so. “Perhaps because Michelangelo’s characterization of the god as a drunken swaying figure was too far removed from the classical models” (Chapman 12).
Two Outstanding Creations
In 1498, Michelangelo crafted the sculpture that made him famous at that time. “Pieta” was supposed to be created for a French cardinal’s church. This carved masterpiece is a depiction of Mary holding the late Jesus. The sculpture is very vivid, and Michelangelo managed to portray even small details, such as the particularization of the skin. “His virtuoso carving of the piece marked his coming of age as a sculptor” (Chapman 12).
Michelangelo’s next work, “David” made him a real art star and became another proof of his unique talent of a sculptor. Two previous artists gave up working on this piece, but Buonarroti produced what later became a real symbol of the city of Florence. The beauty of “David” is charming: face expressions charm with their perfection, the details of the body muscles are amazing, and the nakedness of the body shows how perfect the creations of the nature are. “His mythical sphere” (Falletti 51) touches every viewer.
The sculpture was not the only interest of Michelangelo. He was a great architect as well. At some point, the artist was absorbed by the idea of the development of the tomb project for the Pope Julius II. However, he was asked to switch from this task to decorating the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This work became one of Michelangelo’s most famous creations and the one that made him known to many people. “Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is considered by many to the the [sic] quintessential artwork not only of Michelangelo’s life but also in the sponsorship of the Roman Catholic Church into the arts” (Dillon 7). The result of the artist’s work is fascinating: the 65-foot project depicting about 300 characters absorbed the Christian symbols and beliefs. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel brings the viewers to a sacred world and has a kaleidoscopic effect, as one has to raise their head up and look at the big round painting. One of the most famous and recognized parts of this composition is the depiction of God touching the finger of a human being. However, the process of this masterpiece’s creation cost Michelangelo his health since he was lying on his back all the time. This health condition led to a switch of his activity from painting towards architecture.
Michelangelo proved to be a real genius in many spheres of art. He had a natural talent and got an opportunity to master his skills under the guidance of the expert artists of his time. Michelangelo’s works became noteworthy for the influential people, and this allowed him to move forward in his achievements. He created the handiworks that imprinted his name onto the pages of the world history forever. Due to his talent and persistent work, Michelangelo became an example for others to follow, as well as a person to admire.