American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475-1564. Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who created some of the greatest works of art of all time, including the marble sculpture David (1501), the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (1508-1512), and the plans for Saint Peter's Church in Rome.
- n. Florentine sculptor and painter and architect; one of the outstanding figures of the Renaissance (1475-1564)
“Although Michelangelo Buonarroti is perhaps best known for his paintings of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, he always considered himself a sculptor, and primarily a sculptor of marble.”
“Use of masculine imagery in speaking of God, of course, abounds: God takes the masculine gender in Hebrew, and the anthropomorphic imagery used in speaking of the Divine is predominantly andromorphic, from a hot-tempered young warrior to the wise, bearded gentleman depicted by Michelangelo Buonarroti on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.”
“(1503-56), all noted for perfection of technic rather than for originality of thought; Vittoria Colonna (1490-1547), whose saintly life illumines her poetry, Gaspara Stampa (1523-54), in whose lyrics we find the faithful delineation of a profound and unhappy passion; and the great artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), raised above the others by loftiness of thought and rugged vigour of style.”
“When the great Michelangelo Buonarroti unveiled his painting of the Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in 1541, it was by far the largest single painting of its time.”
“Michelangelo Buonarroti once said that a beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.”
“Leonardo da Vinci (1425-1519), Michelangelo Buonarroti (1474-1564), and of Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520), which have made that age immortal.”
“They say that Michelangelo Buonarroti is our prophet, and his paintings our sacred texts.”
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