How did the masters of the Italian Renaissance study (part 3)
As another example, let us trace how the creative personality of Michelangelo was formed. For thirteen years he entered the studio of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. At age 15, he made a satire mask, which attracted the attention of the enlightened Florentine ruler Lorenzo Medici, a great philanthropist and a versatile person.
Young Michelangelo moved to an art school at the court of Lorenzo, where he began to study under the guidance of Bertoldo di Giovanni, a student of Donatello. There he met with a collection of ancient art, could communicate with prominent poets and philosophers-humanists from the environment of Lorenzo, copied the paintings of Giotto and Masaccio. When Michelangelo arrived in Bologna, he was struck by the works of the sculptor Jacopo della Quercia, and when he arrived in Rome, he saw the masterpieces of antiquity found there shortly before – the statue of Laocoon and the so-called Belvedere torso. All this had a great influence on the further development of the master.
We see that in the Renaissance, artists, having received good professional training, began independent creative activity at a very young age. And they did not stop learning throughout their lives. Their skills improved, views on art developed, the manner of execution changed. But the school, passed in youth, was a solid foundation for further creativity.