Michelangelo: 12 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

The Torment of Saint Anthony (c. 1487–88) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiKimbell Art Museum

'Although Michelangelo considered himself first and foremost a sculptor, he received his early training as a painter, in the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio (c. 1449--1494), a leading master in Florence. Michelangelo's earliest biographers, Giorgio Vasari and Ascanio Condivi, tell us that, aside from some drawings, his first work was a painted copy of the engraving Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons by the fifteenth-century German master Martin Schongauer.'

Studies for a Holy Family (1505) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiKupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

'Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, epitomises the ideal of universal artistic genius, excelling as a sculptor, an architect and a painter.'

Doni 'Tondo' (1506 - 1508) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiUffizi Gallery

'The Doni Tondo is the most famous among the very few paintings on panel by Michelangelo, made on commission from the Florentine merchant Agnolo Doni for his wedding to Maddalena Strozzi in 1504.'

Studies of an outstretched arm for the fresco 'The Drunkenness of Noah' in the Sistine Chapel (circa 1508 - 1509) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen

'Michelangelo was experimenting with the position of the arms and hands, as we see from his corrections to the contours.'

Studies of a Horse with Two Nude Riders and a Male Torso (circa 1508 - 1509) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen

'Michelangelo drew another study, that of a male torso, after rotating the sheet 180 degrees.'

Study for Adam (1511) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiBritish Museum

'Michelangelo was summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II in 1505, spending the years 1508 to 1512 decorating the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.'

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'Michelangelo achieved a solid, sculptural effect by using a combination of different media drawn on top of each other: underdrawing with a stylus, black and then red chalk, followed by pen and brown ink.'

Archers shooting at a herm (c.1530) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiRoyal Collection Trust, UK

'The handful of 'presentation drawings' that Michelangelo produced during the latter half of his life, and especially around 1530, stand at the very pinnacle of European draughtsmanship.'

The Genie of Victory (1532/1534) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiPalazzo Vecchio Museum

'The sculpture, originally meant for the funeral monument of pope Giulius II Della Rovere, was donated to Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in 1564, after Michelangelo's death, by his nephew Leonardo.'

Christ and the woman of Samaria (Between 1536 and 1542) by Ascribed to MichelangeloWalker Art Gallery, Liverpool

'But as a celebrated artist in his own lifetime Michelangelo's compositions were sometimes reproduced by his pupils.'

Annunciation to the Virgin (1547/1550) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiThe Morgan Library & Museum

'This magnificent drawing represents Michelangelo's design for an altarpiece commissioned around 1547 for the Cesi family chapel in Santa Maria della Pace, Rome.'

Moses (ca. 1505 or 1st half of 16th c.) by Michelangelo BuonarrotiThe Wilanów Palace Museum

'Some believe it to be a bozzetto (an early small-sized model made of fired clay), others think consider it to be a replica made in Michelangelo's workshop, probably by Antonio Mini, with some finishing touches added by the great master.'

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