Sunday, March 6, 2022

Mar. 6: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian artist


Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, to some the epitome of an artist ("His work is good, but he's no Michelangelo"). His contemporaries called him Il Divino, "The Divine One." Not particularly well-known today for his homoerotic poetry, he is better remembered for his monumental sculpture of David (relaxed but alert just before slaying Goliath, sling draped over his shoulder); the excruciating Pietà, with the crucified Christ in his mother's lap; the painting of The Last Judgment with over 300 figures, covering the whole altar wall of the Sistine Chapel; and of course the astonishing, awe-inspiring ceiling of that same chamber, with a similar number of figures. Il Divino indeed.


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