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Michelangelo’s Eating Habits

Michelangelo lived a life which is described as being abstemious. Ascanio Condivi, Michelangelo’s apprentice and biographer said that Michelangelo was indifferent to food and ate “more out of necessity than of pleasure.” He was content with a little wine and bread while he worked. While working on The Last Judgment he waited to eat until evening when he was done painting for the day. Michelangelo was so intent on his art that he sometimes went without eating. According to Fred Plotkin, author of “Italy for the Gourmet Traveler”, “Michelangelo lived almost 89 years, so he must have done something right in terms of his nutrition. I think that he probably …..

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Michelangelo’s The Manchester Madonna (The Virgin and Child with Saint John and Angels)

The Manchester Madonna is an unfinished panel painting attributed to Michelangelo. There are only three known panel paintings which have survived and this one is dated c.1495-1497, Michelangelo’s first period in Rome. The painting depicts the child Jesus with his mother Mary meeting his cousin, Saint John the Baptist, on the family’s return from Egypt. Mary has one breast exposed as if she has just fed the child, a theme common in medieval paintings of the Virgin. Mary holds a book just out of the holy child’s grasp while two angels stand in the background reading from a scroll. Another pair of angels remain unfinished with just the green pigment …..

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Michelangelo and the Influence of Lorenzo de’ Medici

By the age of 14, Michelangelo had drawn the attention of Lorenzo de’ Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, one of Florence’s leading citizens, a statesmen, a ruler and a patron of the arts. Medici wielded great power due to his wealth and dedication to the city of Florence and surrounded himself with the most stimulating men in the city. When he heard of Michelangelo he invited him to stay in a room of his palace and provided an education for him along with the Medici children, a great honor for Michelangelo. The young boy accepted the offer and received a stipend from Medici. Michelangelo’s father was offered a …..

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