Happy Monday Friends!
Once we get to Italy, I want to tell you about an amazing artist named Michelangelo..
Michelangelo was a very famous painter and sculpture and is well-known for his work on the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (those are both very large churches), and the sculptures of David and Pieta, Even though we just call him Michelangelo his full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. Now that’s quite a mouthful of a name! Can you try writing that name out on sheet of paper?
Michelangelo was raised in Florence in Italy. There were five boys in his family and he was the second oldest. There was Lionardo who was born in 1473, Michelangelo born 1475, Buonarroto born in 1477, Giovansimone born in 1479 and Gismondo born in 1481. How many sibling do you have? Are you the oldest, the youngest, or somewhere in-between?
Check out this link to learn even more about Michelangelo!
Are you ready to go to the Sistine Chapel??
Take a look around, look high and low, what do you see? Here's what I notice:
1) the ceiling is really high up
2) there are a lot of paintings up there
Do you remember who painted the chapel? Yep, our Italian friend Michelangelo! He painted this chapel in the years 1508-1512. How long did it take him from start to finish? Do some quick math and subtract 1508 from 1512.
FOUR years! Wow! That's a long time!
Originally, the pope asked Michelangelo to paint the ceiling with a geometric shapes with the twelve apostles. But Michelangelo had a different idea. Instead, he decided to paint Old Testament Bible stories. This picture shows how the stories are divided. What a huge painting!
How did he do it?
Let's give it a try!
- Large paper
- Paint and brushes (you can also use crayons, pencils, or makers for less mess)
- A table you can fit under
Being to think about what you would paint if you got to paint the ceiling of your home.. would you paint stars like the original chapel ceiling? How about people or animals? As you think of what you would paint, practice on a sheet of paper and make your plans.
Tape a clean sheet of paper to the underside of a dining table or other table you can sit under. Make yourself comfortable and try to recreate your plans for the ceiling...upside down!