MICHELANGELO: “I AM NOT A PAINTER”
Michelangelo’s masterpiece painted on the Sistine Chapel ceiling has been an inspiration to people for centuries. The story of his work is fairly well documented but here are some details you may not know.
His first love was sculpting, not painting. He was an up and coming sculptor well regarded in Florence and Rome. Pope Julius II became aware of him and offered the young man a commission to paint the chapel ceiling.
When the ceiling was only half completed, the Pope insisted it be shown to the public. This frustrated Michelangelo greatly. At that time, Raphael requested that the Pope allow him to paint the second half instead of the troublesome Michelangelo. That request was denied.