Study & Essay
How did Michelangelo's religious beliefs influence his work? Discuss his religious life in relation to his work, particularly his later work, with specific reference to the impact of the Counter-Reformation.
Discuss the intellectual and spiritual conflicts evident in Michelangelo's work, and how these relate to High Renaissance ideals, particularly those of Neoplatonism.
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.
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