32 facts about Michelangelo

21.The last Pieta he made for the cathedral in Florence was intended in his last will for his tomb.
Michelangelo loved to create significant, monumental things. He was not satisfied with commissions of small forms in small churches or private galleries. He needed big challenges to be fully realized. Michelangelo often refused others' help and took him a great deal of effort to complete an order. He became a self-tormenting loner who shied away from people. He left his studio less and less often, giving the impression of being constantly insatiable, chasing new orders and projects.
22.He lived modestly and did not pay much attention to his appearance.
He did not care about his comfort but always looked after his father and brothers, whose appetites for the money and goods he earned were inexhaustible. He had no time for leisure and devoted himself to his work, sculpting and painting, which were his true love.
23.He became a very distrustful man, filled with artistic jealousy.
He was convinced of the unkindness of other artists. He considered Leonardo da Vinci his enemy - a man of refinement, a respected artist, respectful and benevolent towards people. He was convinced that Leonardo was working against him to ridicule him and withhold commissions. Michelangelo looked everywhere for conspiracy theories about his person. Meanwhile, thanks to Leonardo, he received many lucrative commissions, including that of the David in Florence. He also found conspiracies in the Vatican - he had a problem with Bramanti, who was responsible for the design of the new St. Peter's Basilica.
24.Michelangelo had a similar attitude towards Raphael.
He recognized outstanding talent in the young painter, who admired the master but harbored a deep dislike for him. According to legend, Michelangelo was interested in Raphael's work at the Villa Farnese, where the painter applied frescoes. In Raphael's absence, Michelangelo visited the villa and painted a young man's head in one of the vault's lunettes to convey to the young artist that nothing happens without Michelangelo.
25.Michelangelo was well established as a great, admired artist, but as a man, he was feared.
He was unsympathetic to people, clouded and angry, full of resentment and argumentative. He was filled with creative pride, convinced that his supremacy in the world of artists was unthreatened. This constant inner struggle did not bring him a sense of fulfillment.
26.He had many plans and dreams connected with his art, but he failed to achieve them all.
As his most significant failure, he considered the completion of Pope Julius II's tomb in the form he had planned. He did not complete many of the sculptures he had commissioned, the sacristy in the church of San Lorenzo Florence, and many others.
27.His personal life did not go so well.
He never started a family, lived like a hermit, and didn't have many friends. He made a lot of money, but he gave all his money to his family. And he was constantly dissatisfied, always wanting to create more. He worked until the end of his days.
28.Michelangelo sculpted exclusively in marble. Most of the time, he worked alone and only during the creation of the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel he hired thirteen assistants.
He had the peculiar habit of signing his pictures by placing his own image among the painted figures. They can be found in the Sistine Chapel or in the frescoes in the Cappella Paolina.
29.Michelangelo began his artistic career as a painter and then devoted the last thirty years to sculpture.
Towards the end of his life, however, he added another form of artistic expression - he wrote poetry.
30.He published a number of sonnets and sermons, and the subjects he mainly dealt with were love and death.
Michelangelo's poems were published for the first time in 1623 by his nephew.
32 facts about Michelangelo

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