Michelangelo Buonarroti was the greatest sculptor of the sixteenth century, and one of the greatest of all time.
Michelangelo’s statue of David is undoubtedly the most
famous sculpture in existence. Carved out of marble from the quarry at Carrara
it is one of the truly iconic Renaissance masterpieces. The original statue is
now in the Accademia Gallery, Florence, Italy. However, a copy of this
magnificent work has been placed on the Piazza
della Signoria in the very centre of Florence. Anyone visiting the city
can view this exact copy for free.
The Rome Pieta can be seen
in St Peters, Rome. Carved sometime before Michelangelo’s statue of David it is
no less a work of exceptional quality. The tenderness that the artist has
managed to convey in the figures that form the overall composition is truly
breath-taking. The sadness etched on the face of Christ’s mother is apparent as she gazes down
at the lifeless body of her son.
These two incredible works
of art are a testament to Michelangelo’s outstanding skill. He is the master of
his medium and, Michelangelo is rightly regarded as one of the greatest
artists of all time.
Michelangelo's renaissance sculptures. deserve their own page, click on the link to see his work. Michelangelo's Sculptures