Michelangelo Buonarroti says Michel-Angel (1475 -1564)
It is one of the great painters, sculptors and architect of the Rebirth. It is a universal genius and it is regarded as the precursor of the Baroque. Born in Tuscany in Caprese it begins its training in 1488 in the workshop of Domenico and David Ghirlandaio in Florence.
Dice the following year it is accomodated in the palate of Laurent de Médicis. It draws and studies the sculpture of the ancient marbles at Bertoldo di Giovani, raises of Donatello. With the death of its guard it leaves Florence for Bologna. Dice this time its early genius is worth a great notoriety to him. It is fixed in Rome of 1496 to 1501, during this period it carries out some of its more admirable early works: Drunk Bacchus and Pietà.
In 1501 it regains Florence where it begins colossal David carved in only one block of marble. It completes it in 1504. The only painting of this period which is allotted to him with certainty is the large medallion of the Holy Family (1503-1504). Of return in Rome in 1505 it makes a first project for the mausoleum of the pope Jules II.
In 1508 the pope entrusts to him the decoration of the vault of the Sixtine vault of the Vatican, it is an immense whole of frescos which it will finish only in 1512. Around the central vault, the ceiling is divided into 12 glasses presenting of the reasons in relief. This completely new composition, calling upon false architectures, with false sculptures misleads the eye with pictorial treatments different from the various biblical episodes, for purposes of prospect, constitutes in it a top seldom reached between impassioned lyricism and the rigour of painting, between the human one and the divine one.
Overall picture, progressively with the realization, the composition tends to extend in all the directions from space. Paintings of the vault of the Sixtine vault constituted for many generations of artists an inexhaustible reserve of forms and new pictorial solutions.
After having worked of 1520 to 1536 for orders concerning the vaults of Médicis it goes back again to Rome to carry out the frescos of the Last Judgement which occupy the wall of the bottom of the Sixtine vault covering a surface of 20 meters out of 10 and from which it will come to end only in 1541. In the center of the composition Christ is carrying the marks. All the higher part symbolizes the Passion Of the angels without wings hold of the trumpets and the saints gathered around Christ seem to show. The lower part represents the last judgement. Deaths leave their tombs and, separated or intermingled, the elected officials go up to the sky whereas damnés fall into a hell which evokes that of Antiquity.
Then Michel-Angel works until its death on the design of the cupola of the Basilica St Pierre and the vault of Storza. During 15 last years of its life it will not have any more time to carry out the least fresco and the few sculptures which it begins are finished by others.
The majestic art of Michel-Angel is not let encircle by any stylistic framework, it almost seems to have developed in an autonomous way without being marked by any school.