Friday, February 18, 2011

Renaissance man

Michelangelo died this day in 1564. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. Per Wikipedia, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. His life’s output was prodigious, to put it mildly. His best-known works include the marble statue David and The Last Judgment, the famous fresco painting on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. If you’ve never seen either of these masterpiece artworks, add it to your “Bucket List.” Michelangelo and fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci are considered archetypes for the “Renaissance man.”

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