Michelangelo Sculptures
David (Michelangelo)
14th Sep 2010Posted in: Michelangelo Sculptures Comments Off on David (Michelangelo)

David (Michelangelo) Circa 1501-4; height 16 ft 10 in. Michelangelo’s monumental David differs greatly from earlier interpretations of this subject by Donatello and Verrocchio. Whereas the earlier masters had depicted David victorious over the slain Goliath, many scholars believe that Michelangelo chose to reveal the critical moment just after David had made the decision to […]

Moses (Michelangelo)
12th Sep 2010Posted in: Michelangelo Sculptures Comments Off on Moses (Michelangelo)

Michelangelo’s Moses (ca. 1513-1516; height ~92.5 inches) San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome The powerful and majestic figure of Moses is depicted during the most important moment in his life. The plates of the Ten Commandments indicate that he has come from Mount Sinai bearing God’s laws for the people of Israel. This is the last […]

Saint Peter’s Pieta (Michelangelo)
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Saint Peter’s Pieta (1498-1499 69 inches) The Saint Peter’s Pieta is surely the most universally loved work of Michelangelo. With good reason, we admire the miraculous transformation of a giant piece of marble into a larger than life-size two-figure sculpture group. But more than a work of art, the Pieta is a moving and deeply […]

The Rondanini Pieta
11th Sep 2010Posted in: Michelangelo Sculptures Comments Off on The Rondanini Pieta

The Rondanini Pieta (By Michelangelo ca.1552/53-64; height 74”) This is the last marble sculpture upon which Michelangelo worked during the last weeks of his life in 1564. It is now in the collection of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. Daniele da Volterra wrote that Michelangelo had worked on it the whole day on February 12, […]

The Florentine Pieta
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The Florentine Pietá, also known as “The Deposition” (1547–1553; height: 93 inches) Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. Michelangelo is estimated to have been 73 years old when he began work on this Pieta, which was destined to be placed in Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral in Florence. He worked on it intermittently for about ten […]

Medici Madonna
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The Medici Madonna (1521–1534; height 83 inches) Medici Chapel, San Lorenzo, in Florence. Michelangelo left this marble group of a Madonna and her child unfinished in his Florentine studio when he departed for Rome in 1534. Although it was not installed until years later, the marble was probably intended for the Medici Chapel, as the […]

Bust of Giuliano De’ Medici
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Bust of Giuliano De’ Medici (1519; height 25 ½ inches) In 1519, Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Leo X and his cousin, Cardinal Giulio de Medici (later Pope Clement VII), to create the marble portraits of Lorenzo and Giuliano de Medici for the family’s Chapel San Lorenzo in Florence. This New Sacristy was the symmetrical […]

Bust of Lorenzo De’ Medici
9th Sep 2010Posted in: Michelangelo Sculptures Comments Off on Bust of Lorenzo De’ Medici

In 1519, Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Leo X and his cousin, Cardinal Giulio de Medici (later Pope Clement VII), to create the marble portraits of Lorenzo and Giuliano de Medici for the family’s Chapel San Lorenzo in Florence. This New Sacristy was the symmetrical counterpart to the Old Sacristy, constructed by Brunelleschi a hundred […]

Bruges Madonna and Child
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The Bruges Madonna and Child (height 49 inches, depth 28 inches, width 24 inches Early in 1504, even as the David received its finishing touches, Michelangelo was already at work on a free-standing marble statue of the Madonna and Child. The Bruges Madonna, as it is known today, thus followed Michelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s […]

Tondo Pitti
9th Sep 2010Posted in: Michelangelo Sculptures Comments Off on Tondo Pitti

Tondo Pitti (ca. 1504-5; diameter 31 inches) In the Tondo Pitti group (commissioned by Bartolomeo Pitti), any formal frame is ignored and this outline is slightly oval. The Madonna and Child are simpler and more clearly formed than in the Tondo Taddei. With her left hand she embraces the infant Jesus, who leans his whole […]

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