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The peculiarity of the creator of the Vatican was that he participated in the creation of his sculptural masterpieces at all stages, from the choice of a marble block and its transportation to the workshop. It was as if he had already seen his work in a huge block and already treated it as a repository of a future masterpiece.
Among the sculptor's early works, his authorship was reliably established only in a few. Among them is the figure of Bacchus. The god of wine and fun is depicted peacefully drunk. The satyr accompanying the hero giggles quietly behind the back of a riotous deity. In the work one feels a certain embarrassment of the author, not too good knowledge of the anatomy, conventionality of proportions. Despite the obvious formal errors, the young Michelangelo managed to create a harmonious image, very plastic and impressive.
The next work of the great master also relates to his early masterpieces, however, it is considered a work of art, ending the period of the Early Renaissance and opening the magnificent era of the High Renaissance. It is a composition of Pieta, located in the Basilica of St. Peter. The dead body of the son of Jesus is held in the hands of the Virgin Mary. A young, fragile woman grieves bitterly. Her face exudes endless sorrow and grief. The sculpture strikes with precision of details. The folds of Mary's clothes cannot but admire the author’s delicate and meticulous work. It is known that the impression made by the composition is so strong that several times it was attempted by people with an unstable psyche. The last incident occurred in the early 70s, when the crazy Laszlo Thoth rushed to the statue with a hammer, imagining himself Christ himself, having risen from the dead. Since then, the sculpture has been protected by a special transparent dome.
The symbol of the entire Renaissance was the statue of David in Florence. In this work, the master sang the beauty of the human spirit and body. The harmony inherent in this sculpture is amazing. The author was barely 26 years old when he received an order for David. The result already at that time made a vivid impression not only on the Florentines, but also on the colleagues of the master.
The statue of the prophet Moses, intended for one of the papal tombstones of the Vatican Cathedral, is one of the most favorite works of the sculptor himself. It is known that the author constantly returned to her and completed it for 30 years. The figure of the prophet has a secret. To fully understand the author’s idea, you need to make out the figure from all sides. In this case, the viewer feels a certain tension and energy emanating from within the sculpture.
The great Buonarotti created several works that have clear signs of incompleteness. Moreover, the author left these works incomplete deliberately in order to enhance the impression. Such is the sculpture of the Madonna of Medici, which is considered the most beautiful image of the Mother of God. The incompleteness of the work creates the feeling that you are present during the miraculous appearance of a sculpture of a marble block.
Michelangelo did not like to create sculptures that have a portrait resemblance to anyone. He even created tombstones ordered to him, embraced by inspiration. The most famous of all his sculptural tombstones is the monument to Lorenzo Medici. Idealizing the image of the deceased duke, the master creates a contemplative image of a wise man of experience, an esthete and a philanthropist.
Michelangelo's works adorn the best cathedrals in Italy, the most famous museums and galleries in the world. Art historians are constantly finding new works by the sculptor, who never considered it necessary to sign his works (he signed only one). To date, 57 sculptures of Michelangelo are known, of which about 10 are irretrievably lost.