Michelangelo Buonarroti

Barbara J. Feldman

Michelangelo, born in Caprese, Italy in 1475, was one of the most important artists of the Renaissance. His well-known works include Piet (a marble statue of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus after the crucifixion), the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and David (a marble statue of the Jewish king.) In addition to being a sculptor and painter, he also excelled as an architect and poet.

  • Infoplease: Michelangelo3 stars

    "Michelangelo drew extensively as a child, and his father placed him under the tutelage of Ghirlandaio, a respected artist of the day." This six-part biography from the Infoplease Encyclopedia is an excellent resource for school reports. Best clicks are the hyperlinked keywords that whisk you away to related articles, and the Cite function (small link in the middle of the page) that creates bibliographic citations. If you get lost in the maze of linked pages, you can always find your way back by using the Search Biographies function in the lower left-hand corner of any page.

  • Michelangelo Buonarroti5 stars

    This beautiful site was created by a web design firm as a showcase for their talents, and is my pick-of-the-day. In addition to the three-part biography, extra goodies include a selection of seven Michelangelo images for use as Windows wallpaper, and two word search puzzles. The wallpaper images are found at the bottom of the Gift Store page. Links to the printable puzzles are at the top of the Resources section.

  • Web Gallery of Art: Michelangelo3 stars

    "The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1150-1800), currently containing over 11,600 reproductions." Best features are the image gallery and free postcards. Both are accessed from the small Pictures button in the upper left-hand corner of the Michelangelo biography page. To send an electronic postcard, first enter a specific gallery (such as Sculptures, Paintings, or Drawings), and then click the Postcard button at the very bottom of the page. Now choose your image by clicking on it.

  • WebMuseum: Michelangelo3 stars

    Having just celebrated its tenth birthday, Nicolas Pioch's WebMuseum is one of the oldest online art collections. Although the commentary is uneven, visit to view seven annotated Michelangelo artworks. Best click is the Renaissance link, which provides an overview of the "rebirth" era, and articles on other Renaissance artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Titian. If the site is slow, try viewing it from one of its eleven mirror locations, which you will find listed under the Mirrors link at the very bottom of every page.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Michelangelo Buonarroti." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 17 Mar. 2004. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/michelangelo/ >.


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