One of my favorite artists of all times is Michelangelo Buonarroti, most famously known just as Michelangelo. He was, as most artists are, interested in art from the time he was quite young, but was discouraged by his father, as many artists are, because he thought the arts were below the family's social status. Regardless of his father's disdain, Michelangelo pursued the arts and received an apprenticeship at the age of 13 to Domenico Ghirlandaio, a very fashionable painter.
The apprenticeship was ended after only a year and the young Michelangelo went on to develop a relationship with Lorenzo de' Medici and his family. He created his first sculpture, "the Battle of the Centaurs", when he was 17. He went on the carve many statues, among them my favorite, "the David", which he was commissioned to carve in 1501.
Michelangelo went on to produce many wonderful statues and then on to paint the famous works in the Sistene Chapel located in the Vatican. He also contributed to the architectural design when he introduced an original framing system.
This very talented man was a master in sculpture, architecture, painting, as well as poetry. What wonderful works he left us to enjoy.
The purpose of this blog entry is to introduce you to Michelangelo Buonarroti, who lived a very full life of 89 years. I hope you are prompted to seek out more information on his life and to enjoy the beautiful works of art he left behind.