Friday, January 31, 2014


By Dora

Michelangelo‘s full name is Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. Michelangelo is Italian and Dutch. He was born March 6th, 1475 in Caprese, Michelangelo, Italy. He was named after the city he was born in Italy. He died February 18th, 1564 in Rome, Italy. He died at age 88. When he was born, his family was in banking. His mother was Francesca di Neri del Miniato di Siena and his father was Leonardo de Buonarroti Simoni.  At age six, he had no mother and fought hard with his father.  When he was 12, he started studying about a very fashionable painter at the time from where he lived,  Domenico Ghilandajo. He had seen some of Michelangelo’s work and got extremely jealous of the talent Michelangelo had.
            Michelangelo’s first painting was the Torment of Saint Anthony. He had many popular paintings. One of them was “ David” and “Rachel.”
Michelangelo loved to sculpt and paint and do art very much. He completed some sculptures before he was 30.
            The styles he used to sculpt were Italian Renaissance, and High Renaissance.  He was also the Italian Renaissance because he made his artwork as close to life as possible.  Some of the characteristics of High Renaissance are the artwork could look like its moving, shading, balanced, natural details, expressions on the painting, the bodies they drew, painted or sculpt could be nude, looks perfect, religious and non-religious.

            Another one of his famous paintings is  Holy Family.  Holy Family also has another name you could use, Doni Tondo. I really like this painting because the family looks happy and peaceful. It looks like they were just eating a picnic or took a hike. Than they calmed down and were having fun.


One of the techniques Michelangelo used was fresco. He used the technique fresco to paint the ceiling of Sistine Chapel. He sculpted out of marble and many materials, and also painted on oils. If he wanted to sculpt something, he would bring his material he was using to the place he would sculpt, and start out using a point chisel. The point chisel was used to get rid of most of the stone, until you got somewhat of a shape or size you want. Next a claw chisel would be used to curve and give details of what the point chisel has just finished. To smooth it out, he would’ve used a flat chisel. You could use any other materials, to finish it up.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is one of his most famous pieces of art. It is a beautiful piece of art and took 4 years to paint on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel. From 1508-1512. The Sistine Chapel is in Vatican, Rome. In 1508, Pope Julius II had asked Michelangelo to paint the ceiling on Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo replaced a blue ceiling with blue stars, to over 300 people painted on it. The technique he had used was Fresco and was also using Italian Renaissance, from how real like they looked. Lots of people enjoy this painting/ceiling. 

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