List of famous Michelangelo sculptures, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. A celebrated artist around the world, Michelangelo has created some of the most historic sculptures of all time. These popular Michelangelo sculptures fetch insane amounts of money at art auctions, so if you want to buy one then start saving your money now. Going to museums can be expensive and time consuming, so scroll through this list to see sculptures that Michelangelo created from the comfort of your own home. You can find additional information for these renowned Michelangelo sculptures by clicking the names of the pieces.
This list is made up of a variety of statues and sculptures, including Pietá and David.This list answers the questions, "What are the most famous Michelangelo sculptures?" and "What are examples of Michelangelo sculptures?"
- Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair useThe Cristo della Minerva, also known as Christ the Redeemer, Christ Carrying the Cross or the Risen Christ, is a marble sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti, finished in 1521. It is in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, to the left of the main altar. The work was commissioned in June 1514, by the Roman patrician Metello Vari, who stipulated only that the nude standing figure would have the Cross in his arms, but left the composition entirely to Michelangelo. Michelangelo was working on a first version of this statue in his shop in Macello dei Corvi around 1515, but abandoned it in roughed-out condition when he discovered a black vein in the... more20Agree or disagree?
- Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domainThe Dying Slave is a sculpture by the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Created between 1513 and 1516, it was to serve with another figure, the Rebellious Slave, at the tomb of Pope Julius II. It is a marble figure 2.15 metres in height, and is held at the Louvre, Paris. In 1976 the art historian Richard Fly wrote that it "suggests that moment when life capitulates before the relentless force of dead matter". However, in a recent scholarly volume entitled The Slave in European Art, Charles Robertson discusses the Dying Slave in the context of real slavery in Italy during the time of the Renaissance. Twelve reproductions of the Dying Slave adorn the top storey of the 12th... more10Agree or disagree?
- The Madonna of Bruges is a marble sculpture by Michelangelo of Mary with the infant Jesus. Michelangelo's depiction of the Madonna and Child differs significantly from earlier representations of the same subject, which tended to feature a pious Virgin smiling down on an infant held in her arms. Instead, Jesus stands upright, almost unsupported, only loosely restrained by Mary's left hand, and appears to be about to step away from his mother and into the world. Meanwhile, Mary does not cling to her son or even look at him, but gazes down and away, as if she knows already what is to be her son's fate. It is believed the work was originally intended for an altar piece. If this is so, then it... more00Agree or disagree?
- The Rondanini Pietà is a marble sculpture that Michelangelo worked on from the 1550s until the last days of his life, in 1564. It is housed in the Museum of Ancient Art of Sforza Castle in Milan. This final sculpture revisited the theme of the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of the dead Christ, which he had first explored in his Pietà of 1499. Like his late series of drawings of the Crucifixion and the sculpture of the Deposition of Christ intended for his own tomb, it was produced at a time when Michelangelo's sense of his own mortality was growing. The Rondanini Pietà was begun before the Deposition, although in his dying days Michelangelo hacked at the marble block until only the... more00Agree or disagree?