Q:

What is Michelangelo famous for?

A:

Quick Answer

Michelangelo was a famous artist from the Renaissance period whose works include sculptures and paintings. His "David" and the "Pietà" are his two most famous sculptures. His paintings include the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Know More
What is Michelangelo famous for?
Credit: Eurasia Robert Harding World Imagery Getty Images

Full Answer

Cardinal Jean de Bilhères-Lagraulas commissioned Michelangelo for the "Pietà" when the sculptor was only 24. Originally situated at the cardinal's tomb, the sculpture of Mary grieving over the body of Jesus is now in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. According to legend, Michelangelo carved his signature into the scarf across Mary's chest upon hearing pilgrims attribute the work to another sculptor. It is the only of his sculptures bearing his signature.

Returning to Florence in 1499, Michelangelo took over the commission to complete the sculpture of "David" from a 17-foot piece of marble. The statue is a prized possession of the city of Florence.

In 1505, the newly elected Pope Julius commissioned Michelangelo to create his tomb, which was to include 40 statues over a period of five years. However, the Pope had other projects that interrupted Michelangelo's work, including painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. While Michelangelo did not consider himself primarily a painter, the ceiling remains one of the great art masterpieces of the Renaissance.

Learn more about Renaissance & Reformation

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How many sculptures did Michelangelo create?

    A:

    Art historians have conclusively identified 42 sculptures created by Michelangelo. At least four additional sculptures have been attributed to the artist based on style and time of creation, but without historical records, the attribution is not definitive.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who was Michelangelo?

    A:

    Michelangelo was a painter, architect, sculptor, engineer and poet during the Italian Renaissance. He is famous for works such as the David, Pieta, The Last Judgment painting and depictions of scenes from the book of Genesis in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Was Michelangelo blind?

    A:

    Michelangelo, famed artist and creator of a number of masterpieces, was not blind. However, while painting the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, his health and eyesight drastically deteriorated due to eating only stale bread and laying in awkward positions for weeks.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why was Michelangelo so important?

    A:

    Michelangelo Buonarroti created numerous masterpieces that had a part in defining Western civilization and that have been admired and studied for centuries. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore