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Although Vincent van Gogh eventually would become the most recognizable name in nineteenth century art, he didn't always seem destined for life as a painter. Indeed, it wasn't until the age of 27 when, after brief sojourns into different professions -- including those of art dealer, teacher, and lay minister -- van Gogh devoted himself to painting. Vincent quickly developed his own style, learning by studying the Impressionists and Japanese art.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) was a brilliant Italian artist who is best known for such masterpieces as the triumphant sculpture David , the controversial Last Judgment , and his paintings on the magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel . Michelangelo Image Gallery Michelangelo was a master sculptor and a reluctant painter. Inspired by the works of antiquity and his own religious faith, Michelangelo created some of the most remarkable sculptures in history. His obsession with physical beauty and the nude male form influenced much of his work, and his sculptures, paintings , and buildings continue to inspire and awe art-lovers today.
Write a book or paint a painting, and who knows whether it'll still be around a few years later. But build a goddamned 100-ton bronze statue, and people will still be staring at that shit centuries from now. Which makes it all the more awesome when a sculptor creates a horrifying monument to his own insanity and gets it erected in city park or town square.