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The Best Artwork by Michelangelo

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A list of Michelangelo artwork, including all notable Michelangelo paintings, sculptures and other works of art, with photos when available. These popular Michelangelo pieces are sorted alphabetically by the title of the work of art. These are some of Michelangelo's most famous art pieces, so if you're wondering what art was made by Michelangelo and how many major pieces of art Michelangelo made then this list is a great resource. If you want to know more about these pieces of renowned Michelangelo artwork, then click on their names for additional information.

Artwork here include everything from The Creation of Adam to Pietà.

Michelangelo is a renowned artist celebrated by people from all around the world, so skip a day at the museum and check out these historic works of art that were created by Michelangelo. {#nodes}
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    The statue of an Angel was created by Michelangelo out of marble. Its height is 51.5 cm. It is situated in the Basilica of San Domenico, Bologna....  more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Proculus of Bologna
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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    Bacchus is a marble sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect and poet Michelangelo. The statue is somewhat over life-size and depicts Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, in a reeling pose suggestive of drunkenness. Commissioned by Raffaele Riario, a high-ranking Cardinal and collector of antique sculpture, it was rejected by him and was bought instead by Jacopo Galli, Riario’s banker and a friend to Michelangelo. Along with the Pietà the Bacchus is one of only two surviving sculptures from the artist's first period in Rome. Bacchus is depicted with rolling eyes, his staggering body almost teetering off the rocky outcrop on which he stands. Sitting behind him is a...  more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Dionysus
    • Art Form: Sculpture
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    The Battle of Cascina is an influential lost artwork by Michelangelo....  more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Painting
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    Battle of the Centaurs is a relief by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, created around 1492. It was the last work Michelangelo created while under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, who died shortly after its completion. Inspired by a classical relief created by Bertoldo di Giovanni, the unfinished marble sculpture depicts the mythic battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs. A popular subject of art in ancient Greece, the story was suggested to Michelangelo by the classical scholar and poet Poliziano. Battle of the Centaurs was a remarkable sculpture in several ways, presaging Michelangelo's future sculptural direction. Michelangelo had departed from the then current practices...  more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Relief
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
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