The Renaissance Painter, Artist, And Poet Michelangelo 's ' The Ceiling Of The Sistine Chapel '

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James Loggins Humanities 2210 Unit 2 Research Essay 24 October 2016 The Renaissance painter, sculptor, and poet Michelangelo is famous not only for his painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or his sculpture of the Biblical King David, but he also created another Biblical figure, the Hebrew Prophet Moses. The sculpture was commissioned by Pope Julius II, in an attempt to mirror his “larger than life” reputation and personality. Michelangelo’ Moses along with other pieces of sculpture and artwork were to be enshrined in the Pope’s planned resting place, with the Moses statue placed opposite of another figure of Saint Paul. However, it would never come to be, as the Moses sculpture would not be completed until more than 30 years after Pope Julius’ death in 1513. Pope Julius II had commissioned Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel as well as build his entire tomb, but the chapel frescos occupied all of the painter’s time (Michelangelo-Gallery.com). However, once the Sistine Chapel frescos were finally completed Michelangelo immediately resumed his work on Moses, completing it in 1545. This sculpture marks a significant innovation, combining sculpturing and architecture for the first time in his career. Completed out of nothing but marble, the Moses became one of Michelangelo’s crowning achievements along with the Sistine Chapel frescos and his sculpture of David. It was placed on the second tier of Pope Julius II’s tomb which is housed in the church of San

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