Comparing and Contrasting Artists

Art Essay

When comparing and contrasting two artists, aspects such as; historic period, beliefs of the artist and available materials must be taken into account. Using Michelangelo Buonarroti and Alberto Giacometti and making comparisons and contrasting these two artists, will find the aspects that are similar and different between both artists and their artwork, and find that aspects such as historic period or beliefs of the artist affect immensely on the artist’s work.
Commonly known as “Michelangelo” and formerly known as “Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni” was born in Tuscany in Central Italy on the 6th of March in 1475. He was an Italian Renaissance painter, a sculptor, an architect, a poet, and an engineer. Although specialized in painting and sculpting. Two of his best-known works, the “Pietà” and “David”, were sculpted before he even turned thirty, hence why in his lifetime he was often called “Il Divino” which means, “the divine one”. Although born in Tuscany, Michelangelo was raised in Florence until his mother died after prolonged illness when he was 7. It was then his father sent him to be raised with a stonecutter and his wife and family in the town of Settignano, where his father owned a marble quarry and a small farm. It was here he learned to carve.
"If there is some good in me, it is because I was born in the subtle atmosphere of your country of Arezzo. Along with the milk of my nurse I received the knack of handling chisel and hammer, with which I make my figures”
Michelangelo at that time showed no interest in school, and preferred to copy paintings from churches and seek the company of other painters, instead of children his own age. At the age of 12, Michelangelo was apprenticed to the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. His father persuaded Ghirlandaio to pay him, which was highly unusual at the time. Michelangelo was considered, by him, as one of his best pupils. From 1490 to 1492, Michelangelo attended the Humanist academy.   At the...