Michelangelo Buonarroti was a man full of passions, arrogant and lonely. He was well known in all areas of art, sculpture, painting, poetry and architecture. He achieved great triumphs in all areas in which he worked, but sculpture was his favorite type of work and he devoted most of his life to it. He was known as the most important figure of Italian Renaissance, completely dominating the artistic panorama of 16th century. He had great contact with recognized Renaissance men who were in charge of inculcating him habits that influenced and shaped his ideas. In his beginnings, he leaned towards the fifteenth century, and in his works it is possible to observe with ease a great and powerful manifestation of feelings that derived in majestic figures. He was considered by many as one of the main geniuses of the Italian Renaissance.
Michelangelo Buonarroti was one of the main exhibitors of Italian Renaissance, considered a genius in sculpture, he also devoted himself to painting, writing poetry and architecture. His sentimental works managed to reflect majestic figures that are acclaimed until today.
Michelangelo was born in Caprese, an Italian village located in Arezzo province in 1475. He was the son of a noble family known as the Buonarroti, a family recognized for having occupied different public positions. He began his life as a painter only at the age of 12 and a year later, began with the sculpture helped by Bertoldo di Giovanni, who would be responsible for introducing him into the circle of the Médci. He had great difficulties at the beginning of his career because his father opposed his wishes, because for him, painting did not have any recognition, however, being this what he wanted, he managed to convince him and follow his desire for art. The first artistic works he made aroused the curiosity and admiration of Lorenzo the Magnificent, who welcomed him into his palace. Thanks to these relationships, Michelangelo Buonarroti was able to come into direct contact with the different idealistic theories of Plato, and he ended up being one of the main pillars of his life.
His artistic style was renowned mainly for his sculptures. As an architect, Michelangelo Buonarroti was strongly linked to classicist norm, he was based on Mannerist alternatives, anti-classical and baroque. Its Florentine art was based on the 14th and 15th centuries. It was also based on classical art, focused mainly on human body. Shaping marble and filling it with spirituality was its strong point, showing at all times the anatomy, movement and dimensions.
Clement VII, Goliath, Narcissus, Squatting Youth, The Dying Slave, The Rebel Slave, The Madonna of Witches and Tondo Taddei are some of his most important works.
Although Michelangelo Buonarroti was considered a better sculptor than a painter, everything he did was remarkable. He had a clear concept of monumental painting and painted great heroes. Some of his paintings are God and Adam, which described the creation of man; The Sibyl of Delphi, The Last Judgment, painting commissioned by Pope Clement VII; The Head, the Holy Family, among others.
Some of his main sculptures were: