Michelangelo Criticism

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Michelangelo was pessimistic in his poetry and an optimist in his artwork. Michelangelo's
artwork consisted of paintings and sculptures that showed humanity in it's natural state.
Michelangelo's poetry was pessimistic in his response to Strazzi even though he was
complementing him. Michelangelo's sculpture brought out his optimism. Michelangelo was
optimistic in completing The Tomb of Pope Julius II and persevered through it's many
revisions trying to complete his vision. Sculpture was Michelangelo's main goal and the
love of his life. Since his art portrayed both optimism and pessimism, Michelangelo was in
touch with his positive and negative sides, showing that he had a great and stable
personality.


Michelangelo's artwork consisted of paintings and sculptures that showed humanity in it's
natural state. Michelangelo Buonarroti was called to Rome in 1505 by Pope Julius II to
create for him a monumental tomb. We have no clear sense of what the tomb was to look
like, since over the years it went through at least five conceptual revisions. The tomb
was to have three levels; the bottom level was to have sculpted figures representing
Victory and bond slaves. The second level was to have statues of Moses and Saint Paul as
well as symbolic figures of the active and contemplative life-representative of the human
striving for, and reception of, knowledge. The third level, it is assumed, was to have an
effigy of the deceased pope. The tomb of Pope Julius II was never finished. What was
finished of the tomb represents a twenty-year span of frustrating delays and revised
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