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http://michelangelo.syr.edu. Marcello Venusti, Portrait of Michelangelo , after 1535. Leone Leoni, Portrait Medal of Michelangelo , 1561. Psalms 51:13: “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”. MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO.

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Marcello Venusti, Portrait of Michelangelo, after 1535


Leone Leoni, Portrait Medal of Michelangelo, 1561


Psalms 51:13: “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”


MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

(largely invented by the artist himself)

1. Michelangelo was largely self-taught and owed very little to the artistic example of others.





Bernardo della Volpaia, Studies of Ancient Monuments, Codex Coner, c. 1510-15

Michelangelo, Studies after the Codex Coner, c. 1515



Filippo Brunelleschi, Sacrifice of Isaac, 1401 Coner, c. 1510-15

Michelangelo, Sacrifice of Isaac, c. 1535


MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO Coner, c. 1510-15

  • Michelangelo was largely self-taught and owed very little to the artistic example of others.

  • Michelangelo’s ideas came to him fully formed.


“Not even the best of artists has any conception that a single marble block does not contain within its excess,

and that is only attained by the hand that obeys the intellect.”

Michelangelo, Sonnet 151, c. 1538-41


Michelangelo, single marble block does not contain within its excess,Sacrifice of Isaac, c. 1535

Michelangelo, Sacrifice of Isaac, c.1535


Study for a Christ in Limbo, c. 1530--3 single marble block does not contain within its excess,


Michelangelo, single marble block does not contain within its excess,Studies for a cornice and for nudes for the Sistine Ceiling, 1508-9


MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO single marble block does not contain within its excess,

  • Michelangelo was largely self-taught and owed very little to the artistic example of others.

  • Michelangelo’s ideas came to him fully formed.

  • Michelangelo painted the Sistine Ceiling laying on his back.



MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO Lombardy…”

  • Michelangelo was largely self-taught and owed very little to the artistic example of others.

  • Michelangelo’s ideas came to him fully formed.

  • Michelangelo painted the Sistine Ceiling laying on his back.

  • Michelangelo was a melancholic who did not have much of a sense of humor.


“You have a face sweeter than boiled grape juice, and a snail seems to have passed across it, it shines so much, and it is more beautiful than a turnip.”

Michelangelo, Sonnet 20, c. 1523


MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO snail seems to have passed across it, it shines so much, and it is more beautiful than a turnip.”

  • Michelangelo was largely self-taught and owed very little to the artistic example of others.

  • Michelangelo was the ultimate solitary genius, who largely worked alone.

  • Michelangelo painted the Sistine Ceiling laying on his back.

  • Michelangelo was a melancholic who did not have much of a sense of humor.

  • Michelangelo did not appreciate female beauty.


Michelangelo, snail seems to have passed across it, it shines so much, and it is more beautiful than a turnip.”Head of Leda, c. 1529-30


Contract for the Vatican Pieta, 1498 snail seems to have passed across it, it shines so much, and it is more beautiful than a turnip.”


Michelangelo, snail seems to have passed across it, it shines so much, and it is more beautiful than a turnip.”Head of Leda, c. 1529-30


“If by a happy heart the face is made beautiful and by a sad one ugly…”

“…it would be good for both to paint her with a happy heart and a dry face: it would make her beautiful and me not ugly.”

“Of divine things one speaks on a blue field”

Michelangelo, Se dal cor lieto divien bello il volto, c.1544


MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO sad one ugly…”

  • Michelangelo was largely self-taught and owed very little to the artistic example of others.

  • Michelangelo was the ultimate solitary genius, who largely worked alone.

  • Michelangelo painted the Sistine Ceiling laying on his back.

  • Michelangelo was a melancholic who did not have much of a sense of humor.

  • Michelangelo did not appreciate female beauty.

  • Michelangelo was the ultimate solitary genius, who largely worked alone.


Michelangelo, sad one ugly…”Sketches of blocks of marble for the tomb of Julius II, c. 1516


Michelangelo, sad one ugly…”Sketches of blocks of marble for the tomb of Julius II, c. 1516


‘Master Andrea, those men whom I have not called to work and whom you have not called either, will not be paid for the day’s work.’

Notice to Master Andrea, 1524


Plan for San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, 1559-60 and whom you have not called either, will not be paid for the day’s work.’


MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO and whom you have not called either, will not be paid for the day’s work.’

  • Michelangelo was largely self-taught and owed very little to the artistic example of others.

  • Michelangelo was the ultimate solitary genius, who largely worked alone.

  • Michelangelo painted the Sistine Ceiling laying on his back.

  • Michelangelo was a melancholic who did not have much of a sense of humor.

  • Michelangelo did not appreciate female beauty.

  • Michelangelo was the ultimate solitary genius, who largely worked alone.

  • Michelangelo was a poor man, often underpaid for his work.


Michelangelo, and whom you have not called either, will not be paid for the day’s work.’Study of a Gate (Porta Pia?), 1561


Marcello Venusti, and whom you have not called either, will not be paid for the day’s work.’Portrait of Michelangelo, after 1535


http://michelangelo.syr.edu and whom you have not called either, will not be paid for the day’s work.’


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