MichelAngelo was also a poet. One of his greatest work was
MichelAngelo, Poeta, Marble, ca. 1500, 1.74m, Vatican, St.
He was asked to carve this sculpture by a friend and was asked to
carve the most beautiful work in Rome. We look at this and are
impressed by two things: Size and Beauty. The artwork is massive
and the virgin looks young and gentle and she is monumental
because she can embrace a full body of Christ. There is some
insistence on the numerous folds on the clothes and it is important to
note that this is the only signed work by MichelAngelo and the
signature runs on the band across the upper torso of the Madonna. It
is a carved signature in Latin and he is indicating that he is from
Florence and that he made this work. This is another example of
display of the artistship. Meaning that the artist is proud of this work.
We should also note the Sonnet that MichelAngelo wrote and it
speaks to his work of the sculpture "The greatest artist has no
conception that a single block of marble cannot potentially contain
within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to
this image". MichelAngelo's sculptures were only marble sculptures.
He paid a lot of attention to marble and would travel to the place
where these marbles were harvested and selects his taste in marble
to suit his work.
MichelAngelo, David, 1501-04, 5.18m. without Pedestal,
==> Another monumental sculpture, comparing to Donatello's
MichelAngelo's was bigger. It was meant to give a message to all the
citizens of Florence and the message is a message of beauty.
Comparison? It is very different from Donatello's David which was
done for the Medici, Michel's didn't have an image of Goliath, Michel's
David is not looking at us, his gaze is directed outside as if he has the
rock in his hand and he is reflecting about what would happen after
his encounter with Goliath. Therefore, he is absorbed in his own
thought and gathering all his strength for the battle ahead.
After he made this sculpture, he went to Rome and he was invited by
Pope Julius II to paint the Sistine Chapel. The sistine Chapel was
where the Pope and Cardinals gather and discuss, also where they
meet to elect new popes. It had liturgical functions. Before
MichelAngelo's intervention, the ceiling was very simple, just
organized with blue stays on the ceiling.
==> In his design, MichelAngelo organized the ceiling. He reconstructed it and the decoration began front he outer walls and the
entrance, which was where the Pope and the Cardinals enter from.
The system is transformed through a painting, architectural
framework and the framework is divided up by plaster and each
plaster accommodates a prophet and sybils, and each Fresco shows
narrations from the Bible especially the book of Genesis. It combines
the history of the Jewish people and Christian teachings.
"This Miserable job has given me a goitre...brush splatterings make a
pavement of my face. I am not a painter" -MichelAngelo ; here he
laments his own condition
MichealAngelo, The Creation of Adam ==> We see the touch that
creates a spark of life. We see Adam the young man and God the
older man, with Eve behind him coming out. Posture, movement,
gestures are highly important.
MichelAngelo, Expulsion of Adam and Eve ==> We see the expulsion
of Adam and Eve, the temptation as well.He depicted the female
bodies as masculine. **Techinique of Colori Cangianti (Changebale
colours) ==> Contrasting colours are placed side by side to produce
highlighting effects, rather than modelling the colour with shadows ad
highlights.** Note the red on the Angel looks orange or pinkish
because of the bighlight effects.
MichelAngelo, Delphic Sibyl (before the restoration) and Libian Sibyl
(After the Restoration)
Another important thing to note is the depiction go the Sibyl. He
depicted them with books instead of scrolls (Sibyls used scrolls), this
is because he wasted to make them more modern and give them the
power to read the future. These sibyl figures before restoration is a
male body, it is mas