Michelangelo Buonarroti:
"The Brazen Serpent", gold-plated cast version
Michelangelo Buonarroti:
"The Brazen Serpent", gold-plated cast version

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ars mund exclusive edition | cast + cast stone | handmade | gold-plated | brass rod | nickel-plated | height 44.5 cm

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"The Brazen Serpent", gold-plated cast version
Michelangelo Buonarroti: "The Brazen Serpent", gold-plate...

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"The Brazen Serpent", gold-plated cast version

A sign of God and symbol of healing power: When the people of Israel had to endure in the desert, some were against God and Moses. God punished the doubters with a plague of snakes. The result: many people died. Moses asked for mercy, and God told him to form an image of a snake and put it on a pole. Whoever was poisoned was healed by the mystical power of the snake and his faith. With this scene from the Old Testament, Michelangelo designed one of the corner scenes of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Exclusively at ars mundi, the three-dimensional realisation of the world work of art is available. Edition in polymer cast, hand-gilded with metal leaf. With nickel-plated brass rod and artificial stone base. Height 44.5 cm.

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About Michelangelo Buonarroti


Michelangelo depicted pain and despair but also hope in his prehistory of mankind: the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. When he created these vaulted frescoes between 1508 and 1512, the main representative of the High Renaissance and pioneer of Mannerism was already playing a central role in Italian artistic and intellectual life as a sculptor and painter.

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in Caprese, Tuscany, in 1475. He trained as a painter under Domenico Ghirlandaio, and as a sculptor probably under Bertoldo di Giovannis, whereby the study of antiquity was a major influence.

From 1496 to 1501, Michelangelo worked in Rome, where among other projects he created the "Pietà" for St Peter's Basilica. Until 1504, he worked in Florence on the monumental statue of "David", which still shows the close connection to antiquity. The following sculptures mark the transition to Mannerism through intense moments of movement.

In 1505, Michelangelo received the commission for the tomb of Pope Julius II. However, it was only completed in a reduced way after his death in 1513 because the stubborn artist could not come to an agreement with the client. The "Bound Slaves" and "Moses" were created in 1516. He was to work as an architect for the Medicis but was unable to realise the planned building and instead implemented the design he had developed in the staircase of the Biblioteca Laurenziana in Florence, starting in 1521.

As of 1534, Michelangelo lived in Rome for good.

Michelangelo's late work is characterised by an intensive preoccupation with religious themes but also with architectural plans, such as the supervision of the construction of St. Peter's Church or the Palazzo Farnese. Through his letters and sonnets, we can also discover Michelangelo the poet, who died in 1564.