Michelangelo

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Michelangelo was pessimistic in his poetry and an optimist in hisartwork. Michelangelo's artwork consisted of paintings and sculpturesthat showed humanity in its natural state. Michelangelo's poetry waspessimistic in his response to Strazzi even though he was complementinghim. Michelangelo's sculpture brought out his optimism. Michelangelo was optimistic in completing The Tomb of Pope Julius II andpersevered through it's many revisions trying to complete his vision. Sculpture was Michelangelo's main goal and the love of his life. Sincehis art portrayed both optimism and pessimism, Michelangelo was in touch withhis positive and negative sides, showing that he had a great and stablepersonality.

Michelangelo's artwork consisted of paintings and sculptures that showedhumanity in it's natural state. Michelangelo Buonarroti was called to Rome in 1505 by PopeJulius II to create for him a monumental tomb. We have no clear sense ofwhat the tomb was to look like, since over the years it went through at leastfive conceptual revisions. The tomb was to have three levels; the bottomlevel was to have sculpted figures representing Victory and bond slaves. The second level was to have statues of Moses and Saint Paul as well assymbolic figures of the active and contemplative life-representative ofthe human striving for, and reception of, knowledge. The third level, itis assumed, was to have an effigy of the deceased pope. The tomb of PopeJulius II was never finished. What was finished of the tomb represents atwenty-year span of frustrating delays and revised schem

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