Michelangelo Buonarroti, Jeremiah (detail), 1511. Fresco mural, The Sistine Chapel, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) was known during his lifetime as “Il Divino,” the Divine One, for his ability to produce artwork of awe-inspiring grandeur. He had an enormous influence on Western art. Michelangelo was the quintessential Renaissance man, excelling in sculpture, painting, poetry, architecture, and engineering. In this image from the Sistine Chapel, Jeremiah sits in distraught contemplation over the destruction of Jerusalem. The work is painted using the fresco mural technique, which requires the artist to lay down color and composition on freshly laid wet lime plaster. Once the plaster dries, the painting becomes part of the wall.  

Michelangelo, Jeremiah. Fresco, 1508–1512.

Characteristic of a deity (a god or goddess).

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