Michelangelo: Torn Between Passion and Duty Term Paper

Michelangelo: Torn Between Passion and Duty
An examination of the life of Michelangelo, his passion for sculpting and his relationship with Julius II and the Papacy.
# 118574 | 3,229 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2010 in Art (History) , Art (Painting) , Art (Sculpture)

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This paper looks at how Michelangelo created some of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance especially for the Popes and in particular Julius II. It looks at how throughout his entire artistic career, Michelangelo was consumed by the majesty of the tomb of Julius II and how there were many obstacles in his way to finishing it. The paper also examines his relationship with the different popes that ruled throughout his lifetime and his various commitments and renowned works of art.

From the Paper:

"Born March 6, 1475 in Florence, Michelangelo Buonarroti was a sculptor, architect, painter, and poet who came from an aristocratic background.# Although his father objected to him becoming an artist, he was apprenticed to the painter Ghirlandaio.# Soon after, he apprenticed Bertoldo di Giovanni. In 1494, he left for Bologna where he worked on the ark of Saint Dominic. This masterpiece took 500 years to complete and during this time Michelangelo's efforts were needed to complete this project. The ark of Saint Dominic is a monument containing the remains of Saint Dominic. Michelangelo, along with other artists of the time, helped to complete the crowning on top of the monument. Following his completion of the crowning, Michelangelo returned to Rome, for this project was a waste of such genius. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A. Blunt, Artistic Theory in Italy, 1450-1660 (1940; rept. Oxford, 1982), 65.
  • Vasari, Giorgio, Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (London: Macmillan and Col., id. And the Medici Society, id.,
  • Bondanella, Julia C., and Mark Musa, eds. The Italian Renaissance Reader. New York: Penguin Books, 1987.
  • Charles de Tolnay. Michelangelo. (Trenton: Princeton UP, 1954), 6.
  • Ramsden, E. H. Michelangelo. New York: Phaidon P Limited, 1971.

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