I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.Michelangelo
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.Michelangelo
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.Michelangelo
The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.Michelangelo
There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.Michelangelo
Genius is eternal patience.Michelangelo
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.Michelangelo
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.Michelangelo
I am still learning.Michelangelo
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.Michelangelo
A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.Michelangelo
Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.Michelangelo
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.Michelangelo
Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.Michelangelo
I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.Michelangelo
I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.Michelangelo
If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendour of beauty of with which I was in love would one day flood back into my heart, there to ignite a flame that would torture me without end, how gladly would I have put out the light in my eyes.Michelangelo
If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.Michelangelo
The greatest artist has no conception which a single block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image.Michelangelo
The more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows.Michelangelo
What do you despise? By this you are truly known.Michelangelo
What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?Michelangelo
I live and love in God’s peculiar light.Michelangelo
I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin’s; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived.Michelangelo
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.Michelangelo
It is necessary to keep one’s compass in one’s eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.Michelangelo
Who is Michelangelo ?
Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor , painter , architect and poet of the High Renaissance, born in Florence, who exerted an unrivaled influence on the development of Western art, on 6 March 1475 – 18 February, 1564.
His artistic ability was so strong that he and his Florentine counterpart, Leonardo da Vinci are also regarded as a candidate for the title of an archetypal man in the Renaissance.
Some scholars have identified Michelangelo as the greatest artist of his day, and indeed as the greatest artist of all time. A selection of the paintings , sculptures and architecture of Michelangelo are among the most prominent in nature.
His work in this area was prodigious; he is the most known artist of the 16th century , despite the sheer amount of surviving letters, sketches and reminiscences. Before the age of thirty he had sculpted two of his most famous works, the Pietà and David.
Although the paintings were bad, he also created two of Western Art History’s most important frescos: the Genesis scenes on the ceiling of Rome’s Sixtinian Chapel and the Last Judgment on its altar wall. His Laurentian Library design led to the development of mannerist architecture.
At the age of 74, Antonio da Sangallo the younger was succeeded as an architect for the Basilica of St. Peter. He modified the design so that the West end, like the dome, was finished after his death with some alteration.
Michelangelo was the first Western artist who wrote his biography during his lifetime.
In addition, during his lifetime, two biographies were published. One of them proposed by Giorgio Vasari that the work of Michelangelo transcends that of any living or dead artist, and that he is “supreme not in one but in all three.”