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Description of the painting by Michelangelo Buanarroti “The Holy Family”


Michelangelo is one of the greatest masters of the Renaissance. The sculptor, first of all, he was also engaged in painting, wrote poetry, was a famous thinker of his time.

Speaking of his ancestors, they mention Mesir Simone, Count di Canossa, however, there is no documentary evidence of such an origin and now it seems doubtful. At the time of the life of Michelangelo, then the Count of Di Canossa, who was well-respected, recognized him as a respected relative and often invited him to him.

Michelangelo had pleasant religious themes. He was brought up in the family of a nurse, and learned to handle soft clay almost before he walked. His sculptures are recognized as masterpieces, but the Holy Family is a picture. One of his few paintings.

Obviously, her sculptor wrote. Inscribed in a circle, Mary, Joseph and little Christ form the so-called “screw composition”, drawing all the attention to itself. They look quite traditional - Joseph is bearded, Christ is curly, Mary seems merciful and reaches out to her son - and only nudes in the background are unconventional.

In an era when any physicality was reproached, and any indulgence in the needs of the body was called sin, their image was a bold move. But, strangely enough, his contemporaries appreciated it - in the Renaissance, the presence of a naked retinue was not so wild, even if it went against the traditions of icon painting.

In the muscles and skin of the bodies of naked people it is especially clearly visible how tactile, natural for the sculptor was the perception of Michelangelo. Knowing how to sculpt muscles, the human body in all its glory, he writes how he sculpts - in relief, skillfully, singing in passing vitality and beauty.

His work is a game with physicality, keeping on a thin line between Christian holiness and pagan exaltation.





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