Michelangelo Buonarroti:
Wall object "The Creation of Adam", bronze version
Michelangelo Buonarroti:
Wall object "The Creation of Adam", bronze version

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bronze | handmade | size 58 x 25 x 15 cm | weight 9 kg

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Wall object "The Creation of Adam", bronze version
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Wall object "The Creation of Adam", bronze version

When Michelangelo created the vaulted frescoes of the Sistine Chapel in Rome between 1508 and 1512, he was already playing a decisive role in the Italian artistic and intellectual life. The ceiling fresco depicts the story of creation in nine scenes. In the centre, you can see two hands: the one on the left, when looking at the picture, belongs to Adam lying in bed, and the one on the right to God the Father descending from a cloud. The indirect touch of their two index fingers made the fresco famous: with incredible lightness and elegance, the gesture symbolises the miracle of creation. Michelangelo does not actually show the creation of the human being, but its animation shows the leaping over of the divine spark. The wall object lifts the core of the spectacular work into the third dimension. The object heightens the sculptural effect and concentrates entirely on the content: the longing for the divine and its satisfaction in gifted art.
Original: Sistine Chapel, Rome.
Edition in bronze. Cast by hand using the Lost-Wax-Process. Size 58 x 25 x 15 cm. Weight 9 kg.

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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.