Studies For The Libyan Sibyl

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“Studies for the Libyan Sibyl” “Studies for the Libyan Sibyl” (1510–11) by Michelangelo Buonarroti is the study of male anatomy and is a characteristic example of Michelangelo 's late draughtsmanship, and a preparatory sketch for one of the female seers frescoed Libyan figure Sibyl, painted on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling (1508-1512) Rome, Vaticana Palace. Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome) was a painter, sculptor, architect, poet, engineer as well as a compulsive drawer, of the High Italian Renaissance era, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo was once quoted saying “Design, which by another name is called drawing is the font and body of painting and sculpture and architecture and every other kind of painting and the root of all sciences” (Michelangelo And The Mastery Of Drawing). Michelangelo’s purpose for “Studies for the Libyan Sibyl” was not to create a finished piece to please the public or even a person. “Studies for the Libyan Sibyl” is a 28.9 x 21.4 cm nude Italian Renaissance piece he has distilled both the linear and tonal essence of the form. Drawn with red and white chalk and possibly soft black chalk, or less probably charcoal on paper. The reason Michelangelo drew “Studies for the Libyan Sibyl” was his way of learning and understanding “the elements that were crucial to the elegant resolution of the figure 's pose, especially the counterpoint twist of the shoulders and hips and the

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