Painter, sculptor, architect and poet Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni is widely regarded as the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance. He obtained special permission from the Catholic Church to study cadavers for insight into anatomy, laying the groundwork for what would become Michelangelo's distinctive style: a muscular precision and reality combined with an almost lyrical beauty in the human form.
Michelangelo had a contentious personality, a quick temper, and an uncompromising need for perfection. He fell into spells of melancholy, writing, "I am here in great distress and with great physical strain, and have no friends of any kind, nor do I want them; and I do not have enough time to eat as much as I need; my joy and my sorrow, my repose are these discomforts."
This impressive bronze sculpture captures the essence of the world's greatest sculptor, Michelangelo, as he sits on a block of marble in an open courtyard with plans for his sculpture “David” rolled out beside him. During a rare break in what became two long, hard years of heavy labour he muses on what attentions to form and detail he will tackle next. This artistic genius worked outside through sun, wind, and rain on his most famous piece in utmost secrecy until 1504, rarely eating and sleeping only sporadically without even removing his clothes or boots. The resulting, nearly 17 foot tall masterpiece was carved from a single block of white marble mined from the quarries in Carrara, Tuscany. Michelangelo is here creatively depicted as mirroring his sculpture's dominating presence and sinewy, powerful musculature.
Size: 12.5” high X 14” wide X 10.5” deep.
Weight: 30.6 lbs.
Medium: Bronze with patina.
Limited edition of 25 bronzes maximum.
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