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An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Think "Michelangelo" and "famous artwork", and one likely envisions his Sistine Chapel ceiling and statues, like the Vatican's Pieta or David in Florence.

michelangelo paintings torment st anthonyComparatively unknown, though, are these four Michelangelo paintings:

  1. The Torment of Saint Anthony

  2. The Manchester Madonna

  3. Holy Family (Doni Tondo)

  4. Entombment

Michelangelo Buonarotti. The Torment of Saint Anthony, c. 1487–88. Tempera and oil on panel, 18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

And one is in the United States!

Torment of St. Anthony

Purchased in 2009 by the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, The Torment of St. Anthony is the sole Michelangelo painting in any American collection.  Given that it's also one of the few finished Michelangelo paintings, The Torment immediately became one of the most famous paintings in any U.S. art museum. 

Michelangelo Buonarotti. The Torment of Saint Anthony, c. 1487–88. Tempera and oil on panel, 18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Ascanio Condivi, Michelangelo's student and subsequent biographer, recounts that Michelangleo was inspired to create a painted based upon an etching by Martin Schongauer, The Temptation of Saint Anthony. 

Condivi reports that Domenico Ghirlandaio, an established Italian Renaissance painter and owner of the Schongauer engraving, was stunned at the brilliance of this Michelangelo painting.  

No surprise here - Michelangelo was 12 or 13 when he painted The Temptation!

The Madonna and Child with St. John and Angels (The Manchester Madonna)

michelangelo paintings madonna and childStarted roughly a decade later, this Michelangelo painting shows Christ pointing to a passage in a book held by the Virgin Mary while a pair of angels studies the scroll. 

The contents of the book and scroll, an attribute of St. John, likely foretell Christ's future life and

Michelangelo Buonarotti. The Virgin and Child with St. John and Angels (Manchester Madonna), 1497.  Tempera on wood, approx. 41" by 30".  National Gallery, London

sacrifice.  On the left are a pair of unfinished angels blocked in with the green paint typically used by Renaissance painters to create flesh tones.

Even unfinished, it's a gem.

Holy Family (Doni Tondo)

This circular painting, or tondo, was fashionable in Renaissance paintings of Florence. 

Doni Tondo was believed to have been painted to celebrate the marriage of Agnolo Doni and Maddalena Strozzi, and is one of the most famous paintings Michelangelo created. 

michelangelo paintings doni tondoThe viewer gets to decide whether the Virgin is taking the Infant from St. Joseph, or instead handing Jesus to him. 

Behind the wall is a young St. John, who will ultimately announce the
coming of Christ. 

Michelangelo Buonarotti.  Holy Family (Doni Tondo), ca. 1504-05.  Oil tempera on wood, approx. 47" diameter. Uffizi, Florence.

While the meaning of Doni Tondo isn't certain, the presence of St. John alludes to Christ's birth and baptism. 

Entombment

Michelangelo portrays here a lifeless Christ being carried to his tomb.

Art historians disagree over the identities of those carrying the dead Son of God toward his tomb, a situation confounded by the unfinished state of the painting. 

Saint John the Evangelistusually shown in red with long hair, may be the figure on the left carrying Christ. michelangelo paintings entombmentThe others may be Nicodemus; Saint Joseph of Arimathaea, who gave up his tomb for Jesus; and Mary Magdalene, the kneeling figure to the left. 

It is believed this Michelangelo painting was for the tomb he was designing for his patron, Pope Julius II; neither the painting nor the Pope's tomb was ever completed.

Some art historians have questioned if this is indeed a Michelangelo painting.

A preparatory sketch in the Louvre shows a figure resembling the kneeling woman on the left, lending credence to a Michelangelo attribution. 

As the National Gallery observes in its analysis of Entombment, one easily forgets how closely related the visual arts were in the Renaissance -- painting, sculpture, and architecture were intertwined, and artists frequently practiced all disciplines.

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Comments

Had a chance to view Michelangelo's First Painting while in NYC a few weeks back. Truly, the 12 year old's copy of the master's work is jawdroppingly sophisticated. Not only is there considerable added detail, but also depth of dynamic to the tormentors and the tormented.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:37 PM by leslie Homans
these paintings are the best
Posted @ Tuesday, November 03, 2009 3:52 PM by sedref
cool. michelangelo ROCKS!
Posted @ Tuesday, November 03, 2009 3:54 PM by poop
the art genious michelangelo
Posted @ Monday, December 14, 2009 2:55 AM by u know who
this really helped with my research project thanks alot! :)
Posted @ Monday, February 15, 2010 2:24 PM by jello
i looked at these photos and realized how talented he really is ifanyone ever doubghted him they must have been jealous.!?!?
Posted @ Thursday, February 18, 2010 1:32 PM by kimouni
He was 12-13 when he painted the first one?!?!?! Thats ridiculous! He was truly talented
Posted @ Friday, December 03, 2010 12:17 PM by Billy
Great info. Helped with my paper so much
Posted @ Wednesday, April 20, 2011 10:24 AM by 123
Really great for a school project. Thnx soooooo much!
Posted @ Sunday, May 01, 2011 9:57 AM by Dakota
do we get charged for these comments?
Posted @ Friday, May 27, 2011 1:35 PM by vashanti edwards
Vashanti -- 
 
No, there is no charge for comments to this blog (or any other I know of). So comment away!
Posted @ Friday, May 27, 2011 8:01 PM by Susan Benford
The Pieta Behind the Couch -- New York Times article discusses modern debate of a work attributed to Michalangelo's own hand. Interesting about all the snobbery and prejustice that goes on in scholarly and 'patented' art circles..  
 
 
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/arts/design/the-pieta-behind-the-couch.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha28
Posted @ Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:48 PM by Linda Gunther
Linda, 
I've been following this story intently (as it seems you have, too), and this is a riveting synopsis -- which raises some tough questions about discovering the history of paintings. Thanks for alerting us to it!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:46 AM by Susan Benford
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