Michelangelo And The Pope's Ceiling By Ross King

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Tai Charles Ms. Melin Ap Art History August 12, 2015 The Artists’ Feelings Within In the marvelous novel, “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling”, written by Ross King, an outstanding artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti, took on a task he deemed impossible during a hectic period of his life in Rome. During the Renaissance Era in Rome, Pope Julius II conquered more regions, that expanded the Papal territory. By the 16th century, Pope Julius II had control over all the Papal States. Unfortunately, the Papal States were included in three wars, which gave Pope Julius II the nickname “Warrior Pope”. Ross King placed Michelangelo Buonarroti’s four years of painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel experience during the Renaissance Era. Surrounding…show more content…
Individuals such as Martin Luther, Raphael Sanzio, Desiderius Erasmus, and Girolamo Savonarola were placed in the novel. All the events surrounding Michelangelo Buonarroti affected his artwork in the Sistine Chapel. Each event affected him emotionally and spiritually, and ultimately his artwork. Many events in history that affect an artist's life, emotions, or even their point of view will ultimately affect their artwork. Since there are numerous significant events in history, one must take into account the conditions surrounding an artist to be able to understand their art. To start with, some artists' lives can truly be an extraordinary story, while others are simple. Behind every piece of art, is a story of how we came about. During the year of 1466, the task to create a marble statue known as "David" was given to the Italian artist Agostino di Duccio. Unfortunately, Agostino di Duccio fell behind, only starting the shape of the feet and legs. Agostino di Duccio ceased working on the marble statue. 10 years later, another artist by the name of Antonio Rossellini worked on the marble statue, but he too ceased working. Both…show more content…
There are many artists that flourished during the 16th century. One artist that stood out from the crowd was Leonard da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci was born in Arniano, Tuscany. His father never married his birth mom, and Leonardo da Vinci’s uncle helped raise him. Verrocchio was a sculptor, painter, and had an interest in demonstrating the essential functions of the human body. Verrocchio was also Leonardo da Vinci’s mentor, and his interest in the human body influenced Leonardo da Vinci’s artistic formation. Leonardo da Vinci was alive during the Renaissance Era, which also had a great influence in his life. Artwork such as the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper” are prime examples of the influence the Renaissance Era had on Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork. Another large influence Leonardo da Vinci has on his life was his childhood study on anatomy, geometry, astronomy, and many more studies. In addition to Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Bellini is another 16th century artist that was unique. Giovanni Bellini’s life and beliefs were a big influence in his artwork. All of Giovanni Bellini’s artwork that was created during his younger years reflects his own religious feelings and human poignancy. His father was a legendary painter in the beginning of the Renaissance. Giovanni Bellini carried on his father’s influence in his paintings

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