Category Archives: the David

Why Michelangelo Disliked Leonardo da Vinci

Michelangelo and Leonardo felt “an intense dislike for each other,” says their biographer Vasari. He doesn’t say why. There is only this story from an anonymous manuscript called the Codice Magliabecchiano: “As Leonardo, accompanied by [his friend] Giovanni di Gavina, … Continue reading

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How Did Michelangelo Get So Rich?

Michelangelo by Jacopino del Conte Michelangelo complains a lot. He never has a cent and his patrons don’t pay him. He goes months without pay while he works like a dog, and eats like a dog, in the Sistine Chapel. … Continue reading

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He Tried to Beat Michelangelo

Every time Bernini looked at Michelangelo’s David in the Piazza di Signoria it struck him as a bit static. It also seemed that more could be done in the way of realism. David, by Michelangelo, in the Accademia, Florence (Creative … Continue reading

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Was Michelangelo Crooked ? (Part 4)

The Cupid fraud is the last one the biographers mention. Did Michelangelo learn his lesson and get back on the straight and narrow? He stayed at the Cardinal’s palace for more than a year. The biographers say the blind-to-quality Cardinal … Continue reading

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Michelangelo and the Cheapskate 2

Portrait of Agnolo Doni by Raphael ( Wikipedia public domain photo) Doni turned to a visitor who sat in the great atrium of his house, amused by the funny exchanges. “These artists are the most shameless people on earth. I … Continue reading

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David and the Bad Block

Sometimes serious limitations lead an artist to produce his greatest work. Look at the David, which came from a ruined block no one else wanted. David,  by Michelangelo     (1504 ) Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence ( a GNU Free Documentation License … Continue reading

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Michelangelo the Humanist

The philosophers that Michelangelo heard at Lorenzo de Medici’s table were called “Humanists” because they made a hero out of Man. They put aside the abstruse considerations of the Middle Ages about God and concentrated on Man, on his achievements … Continue reading

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