Back in 1984, Laurel and I went to the World’s Fair in New Orleans. One of the headline exhibits was titled, “Treasures of the Vatican.” We toured the exhibit and, to be sure, there were plenty of treasures there. But none have remained in my memory other than the amazing paintings of Michelangelo that were on display. It’s difficult to describe these huge works of art other than to say that they were absolutely stunning. Someday I’d love to go to Italy and see some more his work in person. But, alas, that will have to wait. For now, however, we have the Internet. Thus, the artist of the month for March is Michelangelo Buonarotti or, as he is more commonly known, Michelangelo.
Laurel, my awesome wife and research assistant extraordinaire, has pulled together several sites that have some excellent lesson plans. She’s also found some good bio and resource sites. Take a little time to explore the information and enjoy one of the greatest artists who has ever lived.
I’ll post some tutorials and Michelangelo-related art projects on Friday!
ART HISTORY LESSON: This is an awesome art history lesson on Michelangelo by a homeschooling mom – http://www.arthistorymom.com/renaissance-art/kids-meet-michelangelo-the-reluctant-painter-2/
ART OF THE RENAISSANCE ERA: MICHELANGELO — The following two sites work in tandem. The first link is to a lesson plan that is based on the content of the second link. This lesson plan is for older students and explores Michaelangelo’s “life, culture, and politics” as well as his art.
TIMELINE OF MICHELANGELO’S LIFE — This page gives a simplified timeline of the important dates in Michelangelo’s life.
BRIEF BIO OF MICHELANGELO — From the same website, here’s a brief bio of Michelangelo. It’s short and basically hits the highlights.
MICHELANGELO GALLERY — Here’s an online gallery of Michelangelo’s work, along with explanations of the various pieces displayed. http://www.michelangelo-gallery.com/