Michelangelo Bonarotti (1475-1564), "Male Classroom style and Character Elements"

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Michelangelo Bonarotti (1475-1564), "Male Classroom st<x>yle and Character Elements"

Auction Information

Product:Michelangelo Bonarotti (1475-1564), "Male Classroom style and Character Elements"


Starting Price:EUR 15,000,000

Transaction Price:EUR 23,162,000

Specification:33 x 20 cm

Auction Time:23-Jun-Fri

Auction Company:Paris Christie


The work depicts a naked man standing in front of the other two with his back arched and arms folded. His posture is similar to that of the man trembling to accept St. Petersburg in the mural "The Baptism of New Believers" in Florence Blanka Church, Italy.
Michelangelo used a pen and light brown ink to depict the volume of the character's exposed body using a dense cross hatch system. Later, he extensively modified this copy with a pen and brush, using deeper ink. Therefore, he changed the position of his legs and feet, occupying the back of the head, and highlighting the man's muscle tissue, especially the back and buttocks. The development of a powerful and powerful style of character expression later became a characteristic of Michelangelo and his countless artists from the 16th century onwards.
Our artist adopted a very different and more animated style, adding characters placed behind the naked man. These characters have nothing to do with Masaccio's composition, and seem to be executed later. The painting displayed here is undoubtedly the first known nude study by an artist today, who is more dedicated than any other period to depicting the expressive power of human beings, especially male bodies.
Michelangelo was the first person to use nudity to convey drama and beauty through immortal proportions of muscular figures, whether in sculpture - such as the giant David in Florence or slaves in the Louvre Museum - or in murals of the Sistine Chapel. Therefore, he created an essential model for countless artists in subsequent generations and centuries. This image is placed at the beginning of this modern method and executed, just like us