How Did Michelangelo Contribute To The Renaissance

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Michelangelo What would art be today if not for the Italian Renaissance? Michelangelo was one of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance. He began practicing his artistic talents in an apprenticeship at the age of thirteen, and soon began working for many famous people at the time. He created many famous sculptures, he painted many great artworks, and he helped designed buildings in Italy. Although he is not the only contributing artist of his time, Michelangelo was one of the most renowned artists of the Italian Renaissance because he was a painter, a sculptor, an architect, and a poet. Michelangelo’s family life was quite gloomy and lonely. Michelangelo’s mother died when he was just six years old. “Buonarroti’s mother died…show more content…
Michelangelo was put in foster care.’” He put the infant Michelangelo out to nurse in the village of Settignano… Michelangelo’s foster mother was the daughter and wife of stone-cutters” (Symonds 4). He was surrounded by stone-cutters, an influence on his capability of chiseling marble statues. He believed that he gained his artistic talents from his foster mother’s milk. At the age of thirteen, he became an apprentice for the artist, Ghirlandaio. “When Michelangelo turned thirteen years old he shocked and enraged his father when told that he had agreed to apprentice in the workshop of the painter Domencio Ghirlandaio” (Michelangelo).He learned many great things about art from Ghirlandaio. He began practicing his art skills at such a young age which enhanced his talents. Michelangelo grew up surrounded by…show more content…
Michelangelo did not know anything about sculpting, but still he attempted it. “Michelangelo had never handled a chisel before, but he chipped and cut away the marble so marvelously that life seemed to spring out of the stone” (Steedman 74). Michelangelo had such a great passion for art that he never let doubt keep him from creating wondrous art. His persistency helped him become such a great artist. He painted the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling lying on his back. “It was no easy task he had undertaken. To stand upright and cover vast walls with painting is difficult enough, but Michelangelo was obliged to lie flat upon a scaffold and paint the ceiling above makes the head and neck ache with pain and we wonder how such a piece of work could ever have been done” (Steedman 77). He put himself through pain to create this amazing work. It took him four years to complete this painting. He was persistent on creating his artwork by any

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