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Life And Times Of Michelangelo And Was He Gay

Updated on July 23, 2012
Michelangelo Portrait
Michelangelo Portrait
The touch of God on the roof of the Sistine Chapel
The touch of God on the roof of the Sistine Chapel

Life And Times Of Michelangelo And Was Michelangelo Gay

Life And Times Of Michelangelo And Was Michelangelo Gay - The Early Years

Life And Times Of Michelangelo And Was Michelangelo Gay

First of all he had tickets on himself, in one bout of self-indignation he saw himself as tormented by the fact that he and he alone suffered from the perpetual responsibility of showing the world through his work the perfection of the beauty of his art. He sometimes wished he had his eyes burnt out so he didn’t have to shoulder this responsibility – poor Mick

Michelangelo used to joke that he had acquired his vocation for artistic brilliance the same time he was acquiring milk from his mothers breast – gees Mick leave your mums boozies out of this, Freud would have a field day with you.

Just before this fixation with his mother he was born 6th March 1475 at Caprese in Casentino. He was entrusted to a wet nurse whose husband was a stonecutter (join the dots on that one). In fact as he grew up he was surrounded by stonemasons in his village and this certainly laid the foundation for his passion for sculpture later on his life.

Despite this he was only interested in drawing at school, something that his father, who had a low opinion of the arts, tried to flog out of him. These beatings were administered frequently to try to change his mind. But after realizing that the young Michelangelo probably enjoyed the spanking he stopped immediately and gave in all together, allowing the boy to pursue his chosen profession which was depicting through different mediums of art lots of big boofy blokes wearing bugger all (and I will come back to the subject of buggering later on) often depicted looking young, if not boyish, with buffed bodies and forlorn faces with come to bed with me eyes.

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4 Years to Complete the Sistine ChapelVivd colours from the Sistine ChapelHis very famous David - who was supposed to be a runt-like under dog.A painting of a young man in the Sistine Chapel laying on a bouquet of penises???Michelangelo's Pieta also in the VaticanMichelangelo's Moses in RomeSt. Peter's Square designed by MichelangeloSt Peter's Basillica architect - MichelangeloPope's security - the Swiss Guard - uniforms designed by MichelangeloMichelangelo's Tomb
4 Years to Complete the Sistine Chapel
4 Years to Complete the Sistine Chapel
Vivd colours from the Sistine Chapel
Vivd colours from the Sistine Chapel
His very famous David - who was supposed to be a runt-like under dog.
His very famous David - who was supposed to be a runt-like under dog.
A painting of a young man in the Sistine Chapel laying on a bouquet of penises???
A painting of a young man in the Sistine Chapel laying on a bouquet of penises???
Michelangelo's Pieta also in the Vatican
Michelangelo's Pieta also in the Vatican
Michelangelo's Moses in Rome
Michelangelo's Moses in Rome
St. Peter's Square designed by Michelangelo
St. Peter's Square designed by Michelangelo
St Peter's Basillica architect - Michelangelo
St Peter's Basillica architect - Michelangelo
Pope's security - the Swiss Guard - uniforms designed by Michelangelo
Pope's security - the Swiss Guard - uniforms designed by Michelangelo
Michelangelo's Tomb
Michelangelo's Tomb

Life And Times Of Michelangelo And Was Michelangelo Gay

Life And Times Of Michelangelo And Was Michelangelo Gay – Learning His Trade

The first studio he entered was that of Domenico Ghirlandaio with whom he soon fell out. After this he came to an important realization – painting sucks and was even unworthy of the term art. So he concentrated on his true artistic passion, which was sculpting and entered the school of Giovanni di Bertoldo, a pupil of Donetello, who was a hero and role model of Michelangelo. Just as importantly this school gave the young Michelangelo loads of contacts in the worlds of art, finance and it put him slap bang in the middle of the Renaissance. The most important of these contacts made through the school were people like Leonardo di Vinci and Lorenzo the Magnificent who was the driving force and funding purse of the renaissance and who also sired two popes – I can just imagine the maternity ward waiting room now, ‘Congratulations Mr. Magnificent you have 2 bouncing healthy baby popes’.

Michelangelo was now at the centre of Florence and Italy’s, moral, artistic, royal, and intellectual elite, the flower of Italian civilization, and he could get all the pasta he could eat. Lorenzo the Magnificent took a liking to him and took him under his wing, Michelangelo was now living in a palace and eating at Lorenzo’s table and Lorenzo could see the creative genius waiting to burst out of the young Michelangelo, so he encouraged and fostered the young artists talent. But all was not well in the young genius’s world for a moral battle was now developing and it would be an issue that would last him for the rest of his days, He was stimulated by a taste of the pagan and he would gorge himself on ancient culture and drink till he was full on heroic forms of ancient Greek art, then inspired by this he would sculpt with an unbridled violence that was all his own. All of this funded and motivated by the church and the bible, in short sculpture of Christian and or biblical figures inspired by pagan art. Don’t forget that a lot of these statues were of big boofy blokes.

On one side was his father a devout and God fearing Christian, his brother who became a Dominican priest based at Pisa (selling souvenirs no doubt), also Savronola who was a monk preaching fire and brimstone and especially focusing on the renaissance as a tool of evil excessiveness and that to follow the renaissance was to go to hell and be burnt like one of my dad’s BBQ’ed snags. One the other side of Michelangelo’s torment was the love of nature, especially the naked human body (especially naked big boofy blokes bodies). This appreciation of nature led him to study anatomy of corpses that he would spend hours dissecting until the stench of rotten flesh made him ill.

Unless he was backed into a corner Michelangelo never created anything with a direct religious edification, which was an art form he despised, he said that such forms of pious art ‘were only suitable for women, especially the very old and very young, as well as for monks, nuns and certain aristocrats who are insensible to true harmony’. Instead he gave preference to carving harmonious forms of a beautiful body. Even his Pieta, which he began in 1498, though religious in subject, would belong more in a Greek Pantheon than a Catholic Basilica.

It is also amusing that the 2 greatest artists of the Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were never close. This tension became public when they were both commissioned to paint together the Great Council Hall in Florence, 1504. The competition captured the imagination of every Florentine and divided the respective supporters into 2 camps much like a local derby football game. It all fizzled into nothing when Leonardo actually dissolved his own work with a new ‘protective’ varnish he was working on and Michelangelo’s work was destroyed in the civil conflict of 1512.

Life And Times Of Michelangelo And Was Michelangelo Gay

Life And Times Of Michelangelo And Was Michelangelo Gay – Move to Rome

He has created some amazing sculptures throughout his lifetime, The David, Pieta and Moses to name a few. It is true that Michelangelo saw himself primarily as a sculptor and he thought painting a lower form and expression of art and especially he despised oil painting he said ‘it is only suitable for women’, and he thought landscape painting should be forbidden. So it is more than a little curious that his most famous piece of art work, the piece he is best known for is the fresco painting of the Sistine Chapel.

It would come then, as no surprise that he painted the Sistine chapel under more than a little duress from the pope of the time Julius II, here is how it all went down. Firstly, it is almost unimaginable the amount of inner torment he must have felt when he was obliged to fresco the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for Pope Julius II. He worked on it from 1508 to 1512 alone, reluctant and relentless.

But it wasn’t the Sistine Chapel that was the first project undertaken for Pope Julius II. Michelangelo submitted to the pope a massive mausoleum, a mammoth construction with over 40 marble and bronze statues – some of them colossi, and just about all of them big boofy blokes. So Michelangelo went to Carrara to fetch the marble for the task. It is said that Michelangelo looked at a block of marble to see the sculpture inside of it, he then would carve away the excess marble to reveal the already existing statue, he saw this talent as him being a tool of God, i.e. It wasn’t him carving the statue but God working through him to create a divine masterpiece. Anyhow in the 8 months he spent up a mountain with 2 servants and a horse for company looking for statues inside blocks of marble, he went loopy and nutty, it soon became apparent that he was a few anchovies short of a pizza. Michelangelo fell into a state of superhuman exaltation; in his ecstasy he even imagined sculpting an entire mountain.

Finally all the marble arrived and it was dumped in St Peters Square and the pope was overjoyed, but Julius II could be fickle and abandoned the project after his advisors (one of which was Donato Bramante, a rival of Michelangelo’s) advised him with the advice that it wasn’t advisable to continue the project. The outraged Michelangelo fled Rome on horseback refusing to return. There was a reconciliation in 1506 when Julius II visited Bologna and Michelangelo reluctantly buried the hatchet – ‘I was forced, a rope around my neck, to go and ask his pardon’.

Now for another twist – Bramante (papal advisor and secret rival of Michelangelo) was trying very hard to discredit the genius. He knew of Michelangelo’s hatred for painting, so Bramante planted the seed into Julius II’s head of the painting of the Sistine Chapel. The pope ordered the artist to fresco the ceiling and the plot worked perfectly except for one thing – Michelangelo started the work. The ceiling job for Michelangelo was behind the eight ball from the beginning, firstly he was going to be compared with Raphaelo and his ‘Stanze’, which had already reached a new and unprecedented level of mastery. It seemed the sculptor had been set up for failure. Michelangelo had also protested fervently saying that painting wasn’t his bag and he even suggested Raphaelo for the job but the Pope stood firm and Michelangelo undertook the huge undertaking.

He started with a layer of undercoat 10th May 1508 (just kidding about the undercoat).  He tore down the scaffolding Bramante had erected for him and reinvented the Fresco technique, in a controversial move Michelangelo had refused the help of Fresco experts sent from Florence to advise him with advice – Moody Michelangelo Moody.

Down the centre of the ceiling is the creation story as told in the book of Genesis in the bible. They start with God creating the heavens and the stars, planets then separating the seas and lands etc. and then on the seventh day God had a KitKat. The highlights are when God created Adam, or ‘The Touch of God’ as it is known, notice that Adam is the same size as God – a typical Renaissance trait – to glorify God one has to glorify the human form, also notice that Michelangelo is pre-empting the creation of Eve, look at Adam’s raised knee and you will see Eve’s body

My name is Robee Kann, for six years I was a tour guide throughout Europe. I loved my job and I would love to hear from you. You are most welcome to message me to say hello or request a hub about a European subject. Please look at my other hubs and leave a comment for me.

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      Robee Kann 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Jocelynn, I have been indeed very fortunate to see many Michelangelo works first hand and I hope you too will experience the wonder and joy of seeing his genius.

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      7 years ago

      I always admired Michaelanglo more than any other artist. I had a scholorship in high school for art to go to UW in seattle, wa. Granted there are many wonderous and genious art works and the creators of them but Mick, as you put it, was my idol. I envy your experience showing this artwork to tourist and students. Some day...I hope I will be there,too.


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