Michelangelo was a genius just like Leonardo da Vinci. He was a sculptor, engineer, painter, architect, and poet. One of his most famous pieces is when he painted a huge mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel of Rome. He also shaped marble into sculptures like the Pieta.
Michelangelo 1475 - 1564
1508 - 1512 Michelangelo paints a mural in the Sistine Chapel
"Right now we are inside the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Inside here, I painted a mural that spans across the whole ceiling and all four walls. This shows that I am a humanist. The mural portrays events from the Creation to the Flood. I used many new techniques created during our Renaissance times. This included perspective, vibrant colors, 3D, and shading. These techniques made the mural much more lively, and are still used today!"
Michelangelo was definitely a humanist. Although Michelangelo did make religious paintings, he also focused on the here and now. He used new Renaissance techniques that made his paintings and creations that much more beautiful. He also made many life like sculptures that portrayed the fashion of Renaissance times.
Michelangelo a humanist?
Castiglione was an Italian writer who wrote about how to be a proper member of the court. His ideal differed for men and women. His most famous piece was The Book of the Courtier.
Baldassare Castiglione 1478 - 1529
"This is my most proud piece, The Book of the Courtier. This book shows that I am a humanist. It describes the manners, skills, learning and virtues that a member of the court should have. My ideal for men is he is athletic but not overactive, good at games but not a gambler, and plays an instrament. He knows literature and history but is not arrogant. The ideal woman is graceful and kind, lively but reserved. She is beautiful and offers a balance to men. This is how to be a proper member of the court. Get reading!"
Castiglione writes TBOTC published in 1528
The Book of the Courtier
Humanists described the here and now. That is exactly why Castiglione is a humanist. He wrote about the court and how the members of the court should work based on his opinion in his here and now time period. He also explained the differences about what the ideal man and ideal woman should act.