I know you'll enjoy these Michelangelo quotes, as they contain some of the breathtaking beauty that he displayed in his many masterpieces.
Michelangelo at 24 years of age, sculpted this Pietà from a single block of marble. I've been fortunate enough to see this with my own eyes; just breathtaking brilliance.
Profile: Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in Caprese, Italy in 1475. His mother died when he was 6. At 13 he was apprenticed to a prominent painter of the time in Florence but after a year the arrangement was switched and he went to live with the Medici (ruler's of Florence) family and was taught the art of sculpting.
Michelangelo completed his first sculpture age about 17. When the Medici lost power in Florence he went to Bologna, then Rome, where he got his first break-through commission in 1498, the Pietà which is displayed in St Peter's Basilica.
By the time Michelangelo returned to Florence in 1501 his fame had grew and he went on to work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in 1508 and the end wall (Last Judgement) in 1536. In-between these huge projects he completed various works for different popes who were determined to have his work for themselves and their families.
Michelangelo concentrated mostly on architecture and poetry from 1545 onwards. Leaving over 300 poems, and pushing the boundaries of his time in architectural design. He died in 1564.
One of the all time great artists, he lived to 88 outliving 13 popes and created some outstanding masterpieces that we can still enjoy to this day.
"My soul can find no staircase to Heaven
unless it be through Earth's loveliness."
"The greater danger for most of us
lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short;
but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
"Genius is eternal patience."
"Faith in oneself is the best and safest course."
"I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."
"There is no greater harm than that of time wasted."
"From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight,
my every pain is born."
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