The Divine Michelangelo - Part 1
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March Protected content 18 February Protected content , known simply as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance. Born in the Republic of Florence, his work had a major influence on the development of Western art, particularly in relation to the Renaissance notions of humanism and naturalism. He is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and elder contemporary, Leonardo da Vinci. Given the sheer volume of surviving correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences, Michelangelo is one of the best-documented artists of the 16th century and several scholars have described Michelangelo as the most accomplished artist of his era.
Five hundred years ago, Michelangelo created three of the art world's greatest icons: the statue of David, the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and the dome of St. Peter's in Rome. This revealing drama documentary traces his development from angry young man to the pride of Rome.
Modern experts reproduce elements of his work to discover the extent of his genius and his personal life is also examined. Was art's first superstar the poverty-stricken, tortured, lonely outsider that many of us believe him to be? Or was he a cunning spin doctor who skilfully moulded his own image?
The first episode of this 2 part documentary series (duration 58 minutes) covers his life until Protected content .
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