Friday, March 6, 2009

This Day In History: Michelangelo

If someone mentions the name Michelangelo, you'll probably think of the famous artist -- or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Sorry, Turtle fans! Today we're celebrating the birth anniversary of the beloved Renaissance artist, who was born on March 6, 1475.

Michelangelo is one of the most famous artists of all time. He was a painter, sculptor, architect and poet. His best known works include the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican; his sculpture of the Biblical figure David; several versions of the Pieta (depictions of the Virgin Mary with Jesus after the crucifixion); and the design of the dome on Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Stop by the NCC Libraries for some books on Michelangelo's work and the Italian Renaissance:

History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture
by Frederick Hartt
N 6915 .H37 2007 Stacks

Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master
by Hugo Chapman
NC 257 .B8 A4 2005 Stacks, Main and Monroe

I, Michelangelo
by Georgia Illetschko
N 6923 .B9 I45 2004 Stacks

The Renaissance
by Raymond Obstfeld
CB 361 .R372 2002 Stacks

Encyclopedia of Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art
by Jane Shoaf Turner
N 6370 .E53 2000 Stacks

The Unknown Michelangelo
by Matthew Besdine
N 6923 .B9 B47 1985 Stacks

Michelangelo: Paintings, Sculptures, Architecture
by Ludwig Goldscheider
N 6923 .B9 G57 Stacks

Studies in Italian Renaissance Architecture
by Wolfgang Lotz
NA 1115 .L67 Stacks

Picture credit:
Neil R. Bonner, ed., Michelangelo Buonarroti Web site, 14 December 2001, Michelangelo.com, Inc., <http://www.michelangelo.com/buonarroti.html> (4 March 2009), Early Life.

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