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Michelangelo- Who he was and facts about his famous sculptures

Michelangelo Buonarroti was a painter, sculptor, architect and poet widely considered one of the most brilliant artist. Some of Michelangelo’s works are among the most famous that have ever been made. They include two very famous marble statues, the Pieta and David . His most famous paintings are huge frescos, the Sistine Chapel Ceiling (The Sistine Chapel is a large chapel in the Vatican Palace, the place in Italy where the Pope lives.) and the Last Judgement. His most famous work of architecture is the east end and dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica. His nickname – Il divino, the divine one – was  given to him because of his exceptional gifts as a painter, sculptor, architect and engineer.

 Something you may not have known about David- The block of marble that Michelangelo used to carve David had been worked on 50 years ago by Donatello. At the time the marble was said to have some fault and the project was abandoned.

Something you may have not known about his sculpture Pieta- The Pieta is the only sculpture which has the artists name. Some even say it is signed twice. One signature is on the woman’s dress border above the waist and the other is the letter “M” on the woman’s palm. The M may stand for Michelangelo or Mary(The woman in the statue) or both.

Written by Kaashvi Datta

Age-12

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