Michelangelo Buonarroti

William Wallace

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online August 2011 | | DOI:
Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. 1475–d. 1564) is universally recognized to be among the greatest artists of all time. His life extended from the glories of Renaissance Florence and the discovery of the New World to the first stirrings of the Counter-Reformation—nearly eighty-nine years, and twice as long as most of his contemporaries. Michelangelo witnessed the pontificates of thirteen popes and worked for nine of them. Although his art occasionally has been criticized (he was accused of impropriety in the Last Judgment), his stature and influence have rarely been questioned. Many of his works—including the Vatican Pietà, David, Moses, and the Sistine Chapel ceiling—are ubiquitous cultural icons. Despite the familiarity of Michelangelo’s art and a large quantity of documentation, many aspects of his art and life remain open to interpretation. The bibliography on Michelangelo is enormous, and fortunately much of it is of excellent quality. Some of the best scholarly minds and most distinguished historians, art historians, and literary and cultural historians have contributed significantly to our understanding of the artist, his work, and his times.

Article.  13857 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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