Hand painted oil reproduction of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam
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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564), known simply as Michelangelo, was an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect of the High Renaissance period. Much of the information we know about the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti comes from his biographers, Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) and Ascanio Condivi (1525-1574). Further, Michelangelo Buonarroti wrote a number of letters to Italian Renaissance sculptor, Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1574). The life of Michelangelo was long, allowing him to produce a prodigious amount of work. He was well-known for his fierce temper and for the terribilita or awe-inspiring quality of his work.
The great Italian Renaissance artist was outlived by both of his biographers and Cellini only by about ten years. All three men personally knew Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Despite his general aversion to painting, Michelangelo created two of fresco cycles which have come down to us as among the most significant fresco paintings in the history of art. They are scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome, and The Last Judgment on the altar wall. Michelangelo's Creation of Adam from Genesis is a powerful rendering of the moment when God passed life to Adam through a touch of his fingertips.
Original: Fresco cycle from Genesis, 1508-1512, Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome, Italy
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