Michelangelo as seen by Michele di Volterra (c. 1509 – April 4, 1566)
The only surving study for the Adam of the Sistine Chapel! British Museum. Move the mouse over the last picture to see the changes overlapping. MOVE YOUR MOUSE OVER THE PICTURE TO SEE THE CHANGES!
And to collocate the painting in its right context (the Sistine Chapel, in Vatican City), here are two pictures, the first one of the "real thing" first...
Adam scene: the creation. God touches man and give him life.
Oh, this is the "real thing". The chapel is used today by important ceremonies. This Spring (2010), the Pope met with all artists and gave a brilliant speach right here: "Dear artists, you are the custodians of beauty"...
"This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. Beauty, like truth, brings joy to the human heart, and is that precious fruit which resists the erosion of time, which unites generations and enables them to be one in admiration. And all this through the work of your hands... Remember that you are the custodians of beauty in the world."
Ok, sorry, I couldn't resist. This is another part of the front ceiling of the Sistien Chapel....just to complete an overview of what Michelangelo achieved...not a painter uh?
Philosopher, c.1495-1500, when Michelangelo was in his early 20s. The Ghirlandaio was one of his teacher. This is a pen and brown ink drawing. Michelangelo uses crosshatching (see a detail below).The British Museum explains that he uses only two colors: a greyish and brown with the pen. The White paper is used for the highlights.
|Detail of the Philosopher (perhaps for one of the Magi adoring the newborn Christ).I am trying to show the fine crosshatching technique that he used. I modified this picture in Photoshop for the purpose. A higher magnification would loose the crosshatching, unfortunately.|
A head of woman. A very sophisticated drawing in a "Florentine" hair-style of the epoch, probably. Today, a similar drawing, would be sold as such. Not so in Michelangelo's time (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564). British Museum.
A sketch for the Sistine Chapel (The last Judgement). Nice to see the quick ideas. Notice the top drawing, just looking like a cartoon-like figure (detail enlarged below). British Museum.
Detail of the sketch above. The last judgement. Many proportions "errors" in the torso but so is for any other artist just beginning sketching. The movements are what matters here and he didn't need to be precise. Instead, the lower left group is so beautiful. Who says he was not a painter? British Museum.
From a 1900 Book on Michelangelo by Hermann Knackfuss (see my credits page)- I don't know at what age he made them but I like to see also his quick sketches. He was definetely a fine draughtsman and not only a sublime sculptor.
Again, I am thinking of his masculine women in the Sistine chapel. He must have realized it of course. So, perhaps he was trying to saying something...but what? just a joke for his commisioner (Pope Sist
This study explores Michelangelo's working methods and mental processes.
"This book contains most of Michelangelo's drawings, even those not displayed to the public." (Amazon reviewer)