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

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MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO

(largely invented by the artist himself)

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

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

Michelangelo, Studies after the Codex Coner, c. 1515

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Filippo Brunelleschi, Sacrifice of Isaac, 1401

Michelangelo, Sacrifice of Isaac, c. 1535

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MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO

  • Michelangelo was largely self-taught and owed very little to the artistic example of others.
  • Michelangelo’s ideas came to him fully formed.
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“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

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Michelangelo, Sacrifice of Isaac, c. 1535

Michelangelo, Sacrifice of Isaac, c.1535

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MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO

  • 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.
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MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO

  • 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.
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“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

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MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO

  • 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.
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“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

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MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO

  • 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.
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‘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

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MYTHS ABOUT MICHELANGELO

  • 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.
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