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March is the month we celebrate the birth of Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564) was an Italian Renaissance painter, architect, sculptor, poet and engineer. His art had a profound impact on the development of Western art. You have probably seen pictures of some of his famous works including the sculpture of David and the Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Michelangelo was the most famous living artist of his time, and is widely regarded as the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance. He lived until age 88, producing a huge number of works. He is known today as one of the greatest artists of all time, and a number of his paintings and sculptures are immediately recognizable.

What is Renaissance Art?

Renaissance art is the painting, sculpture and decorative arts created in Europe, 1400 – 1550. This style of art began in Italy and spread in popularity throughout the rest of the European continent.

At the time, Renaissance art was seen as a “rebirth” of ancient traditions, and was based on classical Greek and Roman art, but also included the findings of the contemporary scientific knowledge of the time. New techniques were discovered and used in the creation of artworks.

In Renaissance paintings, the figures are placed in a three-dimensional, realistic space, and the way they are standing and the positioning of their arms and legs is part of a complex formal arrangement. Renaissance sculptures present a very careful study of the body and human proportions.

The Characteristics of Renaissance Art

  • Realism in representations of figures and backgrounds.

  • Use of perspective.

  • Classical themes from Ancient Greece and Rome.

  • Importance of the individual style of the artist.

  • Emphasizing light and shadows.

  • Softening of the edges on figures to make them appear more three-dimensional.

  • Artists were personalities and celebrities.

Tomorrow we will continue our celebration by providing a creative exercise you can do to experience more of Michelangelo’s art. Be sure to post your creation on our Mothers Art World Facebook page.

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