Pieta by Michelangelo Di, Cagno G, Simone Boni, L R. Galante & Susan Ashley. Michelangelo. Minneapolis: Oliver Press, 2008. Print. Authors in this book have chosen to relay chronological events that characterized Michelangelo’s period while he was undergoing training and how he later fall in love with the then renaissance style. This is evident in his numerous pietas found in pages 58-59, which he sculpted each has varied interpretations. The book does not only focus on Michelangelo’s then life and training in the Ghirlandaio workshop (Di, Simone Boni, Galante & Susan 9). This includes hardships and even disapproval of the father not seeing young Michelangelo pursuing art but he reluctantly agreed. Similar to Wallace’s work, this book offers Michelangelo’s historical account besides his journey to fame though Di, Simone Boni, Galante and Susan’s source is by far comprehensive. This is essential for comparison in ensuring the researcher can adequately source the right and reliable information. “Guide for analyzing works of art, sculpture and painting.” Kingsborough community college. Web. 15Th December 2013. The mode of presenting information in this article is via sections whereby each the author outlines what the interpreter of any artwork ought to look for when analyzing. This is from the year of completion, principles used to relay information, materials to the period from which the artist belonged. This source is helpful in highlighting varied aspects, which the interpreter of a given
artwork ought to look for and their respective meanings in the way the artists has used them. This is evident in the texture that characterizes most of the pietas where the mother seems to be too young in comparison to the son. “History: Michelangelo (1475-1564).” BBC. 2013. Web. 15Th December 2013. Source’s information is a brief history concerning Michelangelo’s account while in Rome and his dealings with varied spiritual leaders like Pope Julius II. This is after becoming renowned through his works mostly Pietas revolving the Christ’s passion. This source compared to others supports their arguments in terms of relaying historical account of the artist. “Michelangelo's Pieta.” Rome Info. 15Th December 2013. Web. 15Th December 2013. This is a brief but rich source detailing significant events in the life of Michelangelo and details how his work managed to arouse immense admiration in the land where he was an immigrant. The source’s content focuses on the artwork’s contribution towards instilling the practice of devotion, which is an essential religious duty especially by the Catholic Church (“Rome Info”). Hence, the source’s mode of presenting information assumes a religious perspective evident in the way it interprets how the mother is holding the lifeless body of her son with compassion, which arouses deep sense of meditating of what both they underwent in their quest to save humanity. This source was very helpful in aiding to interpret Michelangelo’s image from a spiritual perspective and highlighting its contribution towards devotion by Christians (“Rome Info”). Smith, Brady. "Michelangelo's Pieta." Pittsburgh Post – Gazette. Dec 02 2010. ProQuest. 15Th Dec. 2013. In this article, Smith assumes the mode of reporting to present his account about Michelangelo by pinpointing most famed events and work of Pieta, which helped him to be in the limelight of numerous Rome admirers. Smith’s work besides other aspects asserts the youthfulness of Mary, which if compared to the humiliated lifeless body of Jesus ought to appear much older, probably a woman of fifty. This is because literally by then Jesus was in his thirties, which means Michelangelo’s work though using marble seemed to have exaggerated but this is not in any literature but aroused by reading this article. The article besides relaying essential information about Michelangelo fame during his time, it also arouses the aspect of age comparison. This is between the mother and son where the former ought to be much older but in this artwork seems to be very young, hence helping in the interpretation of the image in the previous studies that I have done. Wallace, W. E. Michelangelo: The Artist, The Man, And His Times. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Print. In this source, Wallace provides the entire information as a historical account coupled with Michelangelo’s bibliography. This is evident in the way the author gives a chronological events and societal characteristics that revolves around this artist. They included his status as an artist in a society, well off influential merchants of the time that financed his work and even kings as well as popes whom he sometimes defied what they professed to be right for the people to adhere (Wallace 98). In addition, the source gives the exact picture of the then culture and Renaissance Florence society and Rome, which influenced artist’s work. Therefore, this source’s essence in the study was indispensable due to its immense contribution to the highlighting historical background of the artist and period, which he represented, that influenced his work. Work Cited Di, Cagno G, Simone Boni, L R. Galante & Susan Ashley. Michelangelo. Minneapolis: Oliver Press, 2008. Print. “Guide for analyzing works of art, sculpture and painting.” Kingsborough community college. Web. 15Th December 2013. “History: Michelangelo (1475-1564).” BBC. 2013. Web. 15Th December 2013. “Michelangelo's Pieta.” Rome Info. 15Th December 2013. Web. 15Th December 2013. Smith, Brady. "Michelangelo's Pieta." Pittsburgh Post – Gazette. Dec 02 2010. ProQuest. 15Th Dec. 2013. Wallace, W. E. Michelangelo: The Artist, The Man, And His Times. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Print.