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A Masterful Birthday!

March 6, 2013

Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and thanks for checking out our blog. Cherry-Ot told me that today is the birthday of a very important Renaissance artist who was born in 1475. Can you guess who it is? It’s Michelangelo! (His full name is actually Michelangelo Buonarroti.) Michelangelo is one of the most famous artists in the history of art, as well as one of the most famous people of his time. And he did it all, from painting and sculpting to architecture and writing poetry.

Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy, and he made many amazing works throughout his life. One of his most famous works is a sculpture of David. (Cherry-Ot said that David is a biblical figure who fought and defeated a giant named Goliath.) The sculpture of David is made completely out of marble, and it stands over 14 feet tall! What makes Michelangelo’s David really special is that it shows David before the battle with Goliath, while other sculptures of David show him after he won the battle. The sculpture is now at the Accademia Galleria in Florence. Lily and I want to go see it!

Another famous work by Michelangelo is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. The ceiling contains different scenes from the Bible that Michelangelo painted directly on the wall. (I learned they’re called frescoes.) The colors are so bright and beautiful that they remind me of Mr. McPopper’s markers! Lily and I definitely want to go to the Sistine Chapel one day, too.

So, Happy Birthday, Michelangelo! And thanks for sharing your artistic gifts with all of us!

Bye for now!

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