Love in the Poetry by Michelangelo Buonarroti (6th/7th March 1475–18th February 1564)


  • Neža Zajc Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Cultural History, Ljubljana, Slovenia



Michelangelo, poetry, art, representation, Renaissance, mythological motifs, Christian themes, personal poetry


The paper examines the poetry written by Michelangelo Buonarroti, focusing on the aspect of his setting to verse the theme of love, which occurs in the triad of virtues represented in the Renaissance together with Goodness and Beauty. The interpretation expounded here is presented through a survey of the larger political and philosophical background (Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, M. Ficino, C. Landino, A. Poliziano) of Michelangelo’s time, that is, the High Renaissance. Foregrounded is the complexity of the period and the artist’s relationship with the Florentine poetic past (Dante, Petrarca). Michelangelo’s attachment to verbal expression, which was inseparable from his visual creativity, is portrayed as more precise in thought and ontologically deeper, seeing that it provides the artist’s reflection on his own death. The artist himself considered his verses fully on a par with his visual art, for their thoughts of immortality represented for him the conquest of the awareness how transient (his own) artworks were.


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How to Cite

Zajc, Neža. 2022. “Love in the Poetry by Michelangelo Buonarroti (6th 7th March 1475–18th February 1564)”. Keria: Studia Latina Et Graeca 24 (1): 127-42.