Michelangelo Buonarroti

Essay Topics

How did Michelangelo's homosexuality affect his art, his poetry, and his psychological understanding of himself?

Discuss Michelangelo's long and complicated relationship to the Medici family. Did they play a positive or negative role in his career?

How are Michelangelo's architectural achievements similar to his sculpture? How are they different?

What is the relationship between the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Last Judgment altarpiece? How does the latter represent a change in Michelangelo's spiritual perspective, and how is that change communicated?

What is meant by High Renaissance? Discuss this style's departure from and similarities to the Early Renaissance, as well as its effect on the artist's social and cultural role.