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Portrait of the Artist Michelangelo
| High Renaissance
| selected works
The Sistine Chapel Ceiling:
The Creation of Eve
"Meanwhile, the benign ruler of heaven graciously looked down to earth, saw the worthlessness of what was being done...so he decided to send into the world an artist who would be skilled in each and every craft, whose work alone would teach us how to attain perfection in design (by correct drawing and by the use of contour and light and shadows, so as to obtain relief in painting) and how to use right judgement in sculpture and, in architecture, create buildings which would be comfortable and secure, healthy, pleasant to look at, well-proportioned and richly ornamented. Moreover, he determined to give this artist the knowledge of true moral philosophy and the gift of poetic expression, so that everyone might admire and follow him as their perfect exemplar in life, work, and behaviour and in every endeavour, and he would be admired as divine."
Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti
from Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari
This splendid book is a part of the Phaidon Art & Ideas series, and as the title suggests, it explores the art and life of Michelangelo. Author Anthony Hughes has written some fascinating chapters about the legendary artist, including "These Great Masters", "Strong, Violent and Difficult to Manage", and the final section that explores "The Unfinished Task".