March 6, 1475~ Michelangelo Buonarroti is born

Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo

1501-1504 / Marble / Height: 79” / Church of Our Lady, Bruges, Belgium

Previous March 6 posts:

March 6~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sarah Caldwell: Born on March 6, 1924

Kiri Te Kanawa: Born on March 6, 1944

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/6~

March 6, 1998: “The Big Lebowski” is released

February 18, 1564~ Michelangelo dies in Rome, Italy

Tomb of Michelangelo / Designed by Giorgio Vasari

The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Basilica became popular with Florentines as a place of worship and patronage and it became customary for greatly honoured Florentines to be buried or commemorated there.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Croce,_Florence#Funerary_monuments

After [Michelangelo’s] death in 1564, Duke Cosimo de’ Medici commissioned Giorgio Vasari to coordinate and create the memorial, which was finished in 1578. Alongside the artist, 66 members of the Buonarroti family are buried here.
http://www.santacroceopera.it/michelangelo/

He is surrounded by three allegorical statues representing…Painting (by Giovan Battista Lorenzi), Sculpture (by Valerio Cioli) and Architecture (by Giovan Battista Lorenzi) all of three which are shown in mourning.
https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-churches/santa-croce.html

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer~ https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/michelangelo/exhibition-object-highlights

The Sonnets of Michelangelo~ https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-sonnets-of-michelangelo-1904-edition/

See also: https://schristywolfe.com/2016/09/08/september-8-1504-michelangelos-david-is-unveiled-in-florence/

Previous February 18 posts:

February 18~ African-American visual artists

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Born February 18, 1848

Yoko Ono: Born February 18, 1933

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/18~

December 30~ Animals in Art

Untitled (Dancing Dog)  by  Keith Haring

1981 / Sumi ink, and acrylic on paper mounted on canvas / 107”x186” / Private collection

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Standing Glass Fish  by  Frank Gehry

1986 / Wood, glass, steel, silicone, plexiglass, and rubber / 22 feet high /
Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, on long-term loan from the Minneapolis/Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

Hispanic Artists~September 2

Saint George Killing the Dragon  by  Bernat Martorell

1434/35  Tempera on panel
/ 61 1/4”x38 5/8” / Art Institute of Chicago

Adoración de los
Reyes Magos

by  Alonso Berruguete

1523-1526 / Carved and polychromed wood
/ Height: 46”; Width: 45 1/4”; Depth: 11 13/16”
/ National Sculpture Museum, Valladolid, Spain

Pride Month~ June 2

Michelangelo (1475-1564) Sculptor, painter, draftsman, architect, and poet
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Michelangelo

Doni Tondo / 1505-1506 / Tempera grassa (tempera and oil) on wood / 47 1⁄2” diameter

 

 

 

 

 

Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571)
Goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier, and musician
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benvenuto_Cellini

Perseus With The Head of Medusa / 1545-1554 / Bronze / approx. 17’ high, incl. base

Pride Month~ June 1

Donatello (c.1386–1466)
The greatest sculptor of the early Renaissance
https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/dona/hd_dona.htm

St. George / 1417 / Marble / Height 6’10”

 

 

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Leonardo-da-Vinci

The Virgin of the Rocks / 1483-1486 / Oil on panel, transferred to canvas in 19th century / 78.3”x48”

 

Viktor Hartmann: Born May 5, 1834

In 1873 at the age of thirty-nine, Viktor Alexandrovich Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, died from an aneurysm. He was at the forefront of the Russian Revival, friend of and inspiration to many contemporaries in the field of architecture, art and music. Shortly after his death, Vladimir Vasilievich Stasov, helped to arrange an exhibition of Hartmann’s work.

Mussorgsky poured out his feeling about his friend’s death in a letter to Stassov. who shared the Russian nationalist tendencies of Hartmann and Mussorgsky and had brought the two men together in the first place.

Mussorgsky’s piano suite was not published until after his death, is dedicated to Stassov. Stassov, with whom Mussorgsky had discussed the suite as he composed it, explained in the first edition of the Pictures at an Exhibition: “The composer here portrays himself walking now right, now left, now as an idle person, now urged to go near a picture; at times his joyous appearance is dampened, he thinks in sadness of his dead friend. …”
http://korschmin.com/pictures-at-an-exhibition/

Sir Georg Solti – Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1980

via Viktor Hartmann: Born May 5, 1834

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/31~

What artist is perhaps best known for the two bronze lions that mark the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago Building?

In 2000, the AIA recognized one of which architect’s buildings as the fourth most significant structure of the twentieth century?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/31/january-31/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/7~

Which 17th century Italian sculptor, architect, and city planner is credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture?

Which American modernist painter considered the Armory Show the “greatest single influence” he experienced in his work?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/12/07/december-7/