The story of Michelangelo: Self-Portrait


Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni or Michelangelo as he is more commonly referred to comes down to us a one of the greatest geniuses in recorded history, and his fields of expertise span across fields of art, poetry, sculpture, architecture, construction, and more.

His influence, along with other geniuses of the renaissance resulted in a movement known as Mannerism and his influence is still felt to this very day and many still flock to witness his works. His most famous piece is probably his Sistine Chapel ceiling interpretation of the creation story from the Book of Genesis for Pope Julius II, between 1508 and 1512. This piece of work is astonishing because Michelangelo did not really consider himself as an artist. Having said this, he was always ready to push himself beyond what he thought was possible and take risks to achieve his potential.

‘The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.’ – Michelangelo

The movie by Robert Snyder entitled Michelangelo: Self-Portrait uses transcripts from Michelangelo to describe his experiences and thoughts from his childhood to his old age where he still worked on his craft until the time of his death in 1564. The film won an Oscar in 1950 for best documentary feature and was written by Michael Sonnabend.


Michelangelo: Self-Portrait Robert Snyder

Writer: Michael Sonnabend

Filmmaker: Robert Snyder

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