Michelangelo Buonarroti, Tondo Doni, 1504, Oil & tempera on panel, 120 cm diameter, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564, was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. He 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. A number of his works in painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. Although the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are probably the best known of his works today, the artist thought of himself primarily as a sculptor. Michelangelo worked in marble sculpture all his life and in the other arts only during certain periods. In his quest for absolute truth in art, he abandoned a work when he felt he could not attain his ideal. He left the marks of his tools clearly visible on these works. They are living traces of his tireless fight with raw material, which he worked relentlessly in his quest to liberate the figure imprisoned within. The Tondo Doni is a very important work of art because it is one of the few examples of Michelangelo’s painting, together with the magnificent frescoes in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. The figures of Mary, Joseph and the Child, are grouped in a single volume in which the rotation of the Madonna gives the composition a spiral movement that will later be used by many artists. In the background a group of young nudes brings to mind a classic theme, symbolizing the pagan humanity still ignorant of Christian doctrine. It is also interesting to notice the beautiful carved wooden frame, designed by Michelangelo himself. During the Renaissance, the “tondo” was a typical work for private clients. This one was commissioned by the wealthy banker Agnolo Doni, probably at the time of his marriage to Maddalena, member of the important Strozzi family. From the artistic point of view, the Tondo Doni laid the foundations of the so-called Mannerism, the style of painting that preferred bizarre, unnatural poses and iridescent colors to the composed painting of the XV century.
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