Italian Renaissance Art: Michelango and Rivera Comparison Essay

Italian Renaissance Art: Michelango and Rivera
A comparison of Michelango's "The Last Judgement" with Diego Rivera's "Man, Controller of the Universe".
# 154036 | 1,497 words | 6 sources | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 17, 2014 in Art (Artists) , Art (Fine Art)

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"Few would dispute the significant contributions that the Italian Renaissance gave to the art world. Possibly the artist that had the most influence over the arts in the modern western world was Michelango Buonarroti. He was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese Italy. Michelango was an incredibly skilled painter, architect, sculptor, poet, and engineer who pioneered methods in these fields widely used to this day. Does the phrase "Renaissance Man" mean anything to you? Urban Dictionary defines Renaissance Man as ; "An individual talented in all spheres of human endeavor, including but not limited to sports, art, science, war, philosophy and music." One western artist greatly inspired by Michelango was the Mexican Painter Diego Rivera. Although the works were of a similar style the key differences are the messages conveyed.
"Michelango's alter piece of the Sistine Chapel titled "The Last Judgement" was completed between 1534-41 CE. This enormous fresco measures 48' x 44' feet and portrays the biblical story of the second coming of Jesus Christ. In this scene Christ placed above center of the composition is shown passing judgement on the human race. He floats atop a cloud accompanied by the Virgin Mary to his right, a divine golden glow surrounds them. The saints closest to Christ and Mary are; St. Peter with the two keys, St. Laurence with the gridiron, St. Bartholomew holding his ownskin, St. Catherine of Alexandria with the cogwheel and St. Sebastian kneeling holding the arrows.They are surrounded by an army of the Christian faith who are shown vanishing into the horizon.
"Below him the angels of the Apocalypse blow horns to wake the dead, as two archangels read from books. The Archangel Michael on the left is reading a small book of the souls to be saved, opposing him another angel reads a larger book with the names of souls to be dammed. The lower right portion of the composition illustrates Charon the mythological ferryman to Hell corralling a boat full of the dammed.
"In the lowest right corner shown with a python wrapped around his torso and another on his gentiles, is Minos one of the three mythical judges of Hell."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Rivera, Diego, Mexican, 1886-1957
  • Man, Controller of the Universe 1934
  • Museo de Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
  • ARTstor , ABARNITZ_10310366948

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