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Michelangelo and the Influence of Lorenzo de’ Medici

By the age of 14, Michelangelo had drawn the attention of Lorenzo de’ Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, one of Florence’s leading citizens, a statesmen, a ruler and a patron of the arts. Medici wielded great power due to his wealth and dedication to the city of Florence and surrounded himself with the most stimulating men in the city. When he heard of Michelangelo he invited him to stay in a room of his palace and provided an education for him along with the Medici children, a great honor for Michelangelo. The young boy accepted the offer and received a stipend from Medici. Michelangelo’s father was offered a …..

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Michelangelo’s Sibyls of the Sistine Chapel

A Sibyl was an oracle or prophetess in ancient Greece who was known to prophesy at holy sites under the influence of a deity.  The first collection of Sibyl utterances were recorded by Roman author Lactantius in the early 4th century AD.  Sibyls were represented in art as early as the Middle Ages as well as early Renaissance pieces.  Varro numbered ten Sibyls though other ancient sources differ as to the number, some only list one while others as many as twelve. On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo alternated five Sibyls and seven prophets.  The five Sibyls painted by Michelangelo were said to have foretold of the birth …..

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Michelangelo’s Easel Paintings

It seems a bit surprising but there are only four known easel paintings that are generally believed to have been created by Michelangelo.  The first is Michelangelo’s first known painting The Torment of St Anthony held by the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth, TX, USA. The others are the Doni Tondo at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy and two unfinished paintings, The Manchester Madonna and The Entombment both held in The National Gallery in London, England. The four easel paintings seem to be the first four paintings that are believed to be the work of Michelangelo.  It wasn’t long after Michelangelo created his easel paintings that he was …..

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