Michelangelo’s Life

If one were to be asked if Michelangelo;s life affected his work, I would have to say yes and that would be saying it in the least. All of Michelangelo;s work was based on his life from childhood up to six days before his death.
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475 in the village of Caprese, Italy, where his father was serving as a magistrate of the Florentine Republic. Michelangelo briefly attended grammar school managed by Francesco da Urbino but he spent most of his time drawing or sketching. It was something he couldn;t live without, but brought him frequent scolding and even beatings by his father who considered drawing and fine arts to be a waste of time that brought no money or honor to his family. Little did his father know that in time Michelangelo would become one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance.
At thirteen Michelangelo was apprenticed to Dominico Ghirlanaio, the leading fresco (wall) painter in Florence. Michelangelo remained only one year: it was Ghirlandaio himself who sent him to the ;Medici Gardens Art School; that Lorenzo the magnificent had founded in Florence for young artists and sculptures. During thisfirst year at the ;Medici Gardens;, the young Buonarroti developed his innate quality by studying the ancient masterpieces, sketching, drawing and fashioning clay models after the works of Donatello and Masaccio. It is believed that during this period he carved two bas-reliefs: one depicting the ; Battle of Centaurs; a subject taken from Greek mythology in the style of the ;Old Masters; the second one ;Madonna on the Stairs; is a flattened relief derived from Donatello.
The Madonna of the steps is one of his earliest sculptures in which he tackles a subject to which he would return several times: the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child, with the mother already touched by a foreboding that her son is destined …


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