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Collection: Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

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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.”

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Musée du Louvre, Cleveland Museum of Art
Selected exhibitions
2019
Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life Death RebirthRoyal Academy of Arts
Young Bomberg and the Old MastersThe National Gallery, London
2018
The Renaissance NudeJ. Paul Getty Museum
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David, 1501-1504

Carrara marble
203 69/127 in
517 cm
Location
Florence

Collection: Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

Medium

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.”

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Musée du Louvre, Cleveland Museum of Art
Selected exhibitions (3)
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