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Humanists believe that human experience and rational thinking provide the only source of both knowledge and a moral code to live by. They reject the idea of knowledge ‘revealed’ to human beings by gods, or in special books.
The main elements of Renaissance humanism include:
ROME, MAY 21—Michelangelo’s Pieta, one of the world’s most celebrated sculptures, was severely damaged today when a man attacked it with a hammer in St. Peter’s, where the Pieta is on display over, an altar. …
The painting glorifies God in a number of ways. The fact that he starts an entire race of people by a simple touch of a finger should be enough to establish his place as the all mighty, but Michelangelo takes it even further. All there is to this painting are two figures inclined towards one another.
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DAVID PULLED INSPIRATION FROM ANCIENT ROMAN ART. Specifically, it’s believed that Michelangelo based David’s pose on depictions of Hercules, a hero with deep ties to the city of Florence who had even appeared on the Florentine seal for centuries.
Michelangelo made a large number of drawings and models in wax, clay and terracotta in connection with both his painting and his sculpture.