Portait of Michelangelo
Michelangelo lived from 1475-1564.
Italian sculptor, poet, painter, architect, and engineer of the high renaissance.
"After trying many years, and then
near death, the able man may know
an image living in the alpine stone.
If at all, the high and new come slowly,
and, for us, they do not last so long.
Oh my beloved! nature's like that too,
who tried for beauty times untold
until she triumphed, and made you.
Yet by that token she is old
and almost at the end of her career.
So terror, which is always near
to beauty, feeds desire strange food.
My mind falls silent and no longer says
if joy or pain be more: the sight
of you calls forth the End of Days,
yet gives me great delight."
Excerpt from Michelango's poem
The story of Michelangelo didn’t end with his death. His legend and legacy live on today. We see this through the popularity and interest in Michelangelo quotes as well as in numerous cultural referencesincluding television shows such the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as references to Michelangelo in space, in film and more.