Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni by Bob Kessel

Michelangelo’s birthday is March 6.
To celebrate this great artist, Bob Kessel has created a series of limited edition fine art prints based on Michelangelo’s art.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on 6, March 1475, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art.

Michelangelo was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and ever since then he has been held to be one of the greatest artists of all time. His output in every field during his long life was prodigious; when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences that survive is also taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. Two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, were sculpted before he turned thirty. Despite his low opinion of painting, Michelangelo also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. As an architect, Michelangelo pioneered the Mannerist style at the Laurentian Library. At 74 he succeeded Antonio da Sangallo the Younger as the architect of St. Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo transformed the plan, the western end being finished to Michelangelo’s design, the dome being completed after his death on 18, February 1564.

 

MICHELANGELO PIETA by Bob Kessel

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TORSO by Bob Kessel

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MICHELANGELO IGNUDI by Bob Kessel

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MICHELANGELO IGNUDI BACK by Bob Kessel

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MICHELANGELO DELPHIC by Bob Kessel

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MICHELANGELO SNAKE by Bob Kessel

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MICHELANGELO WRESTLERS by Bob Kessel

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MICHELANGELO by Bob Kessel

 

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Bob Kessel signing his print based on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel art

“The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”

– MICHELANGELO


 

Bob Kessel’s art series “MICHELANGELO” features pictures based on the works of the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Sistine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sistina) is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture, evocative of Solomon’s Temple of the Old Testament, and its decoration which has been frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Sandro Botticelli. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 12,000 square feet of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. He resented the commission, and believed his work only served the Pope’s need for grandeur. However, today the ceiling, and especially The Last Judgement, are widely believed to be Michelangelo’s crowning achievements in painting.

 

 

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IGNUDI by Bob Kessel
after Michelangelo from the Sistine Chapel

 

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TEMPTATION by Bob Kessel
after Michelangelo from the Sistine Chapel

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WRESTLERS by Bob Kessel
after Michelangelo from the Sistine Chapel

 

 

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Wrestlers sketch by Michelangelo