A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. — Michelangelo | 人是用頭腦作畫,而不是用雙手。──米高安哲羅 | jy.catholic.org.hk

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A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. — Michelangelo | 人是用頭腦作畫,而不是用雙手。──米高安哲羅

刊登日期: 2013.09.29
作者: Grace Tse  

Can you imagine how hard it would be for a painter to paint the ceiling of a chapel with his head tilted upwards? Michelangelo (1475 – 1564) was asked by the Pope to decorate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel(西斯丁小教堂)within the Vatican(梵蒂岡). He worked for four years, painting on a scaffold the nine scenes and over 300 people from the Book of Genesis(《創世紀》). With his imagination, no two of the 300 people look alike. Michelangelo was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime. 

Michelangelo was born in Italy. His mother died when he was only six years old. As a child, he loved watching painters working at nearby churches. As he had little interest in school, his father sent him to be apprenticed to a painter when he was thirteen. There, he learned the technique of fresco. 

Later Michelangelo was sent to a powerful family to continue his training under a sculptor. When he was twenty-four years old, he completed the “Pieta”(痛苦之母雕像). It is regarded as one of the world’s masterpieces of sculpture. It is the only piece of work that Michelangelo signed. 

Michelangelo became famous and was asked to produce a large statue of “David”, a biblical figure who killed the giant Goliath with a stone from his sling. Can you guess how tall the statue of David is? Michelangelo carved it out of a huge marble block and it measures about 5 metres tall. 

In 1546 when he was in his seventies, Michelangelo was made chief architect of St. Peter’s Basilica(聖伯多祿大殿)within the Vatican. The basilica is the burial site of St. Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, and many popes. 

Wi t h a b r i l l i a n t mind and unfailing determination, Michelangelo produced many influential works and is considered as the “father and master of all the arts”. 


Scaffold: 建築架
Apprenticed: 當學徒
Fresco: 壁畫
Sculptor: 雕刻家
Masterpieces: 傑作
Statue: 塑像
Marble block: 大理石
Apostles: 宗徒

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