Depictions of Michelangelo are always marked by his crooked nose. Even so, Michelangelo’s genius was not dulled by this violent encounter, he produced a copy of an ancient marble sculpture, a Faun. This depiction of a half man, half goat so admired by Lorenzo is sadly lost but it marked the beginning of the artist’s long and distinguished career as a sculptor. Two of his first sculptures are 'The Madonna of the Stairs', and 'The Battle of the Centaurs'.
Cupid, boy-God of Love and Bacchus, The God of Wine.
Cupid, boy-god-of love
Cupid, 1494-1496, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (s)
Also known as the Manhattan Cupid, due to its location, very little is known about this early work by Michelangelo. It Is thought to have been part of a collection of statues in the Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome. This badly damaged work originally had arms and legs which have broken off and are now sadly lost.
Bacchus, 1496-1497 Bargello Museum, Florence. (s)
The twenty-two-year-old artist has captured the unsteady, drunken ancient god of wine attempting to balance his wine cup despite his awkward, lurching posture. He is accompanied by a satyr, the half-human half-goat satyr eats from a large bunch of grapes while clutching a tiger skin in his right hand. This statue was not well received by Michelangelo's patron, Cardinal Raffaele Riario, who found the work distasteful.
Works in the Cathedral of San Domenico, Bologna.
The Kneeling Angel was made as a companion piece for an earlier marble Angel by Niccolo d' Arca. It is placed on the lower level of the tomb of St Dominic in the cathedral of San Domenico, Bologna. Kneeling on the left knee the Angel supports a beautifully carved candle holder on the right knee. The folds of the clothing expertly outline the body shape, a tribute to Michelangelo's undoubted skill as a master sculptor.
Proculus is the patron saint of the Italian city of Bologna. He was a Roman military leader and a Christian. Proculus was eventually martyred for his beliefs. The marble statue is situated in the cathedral of San Domenico, Bologna on the tomb of St Dominic. Proculus once held a metal lance in his clenched right hand, sadly the lance is now lost.