Michelangelo Buonarroti
Italian, 1475-1564
Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Musée du Louvre
Selected exhibitions
Michelangelo & Sebastiano,
The National Gallery, London
HERO for Florence. Homage to David: Saracino Interprets Michelangelo,
Galleria dell'Accademia
500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum,
Princeton University Art Museum

A founder of the High Italian Renaissance style, Michelangelo (di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni) created some of the most influential works in the history of Western art: the marble statues of David (1504) and The Pietà (ca. 1498-1499), as well as the Sistine Chapel frescos in the Vatican, Rome, depicting Genesis (such as in The Creation of Adam (1510)) and the Last Judgment. As an architect, Michelangelo re-designed the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Whether sculpting, painting, or drawing, he instilled a sense of awe-inspiring wonder or terribilità in his works, capturing the emotional and spiritual intensity in the twisting, muscular bodies of his subjects. Michelangelo himself said, “I saw the angel and carved until I set him free.”

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