98% of people can't name all of these Michelangelo masterpieces! Can you?

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Emily Hough

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Considered one of the greatest artists ever, Michelangelo was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet. Perhaps his greatest creation was the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, however, you may be surprised at how many of his works you are familiar with. Take this quiz to see how many Michelangelo masterpiece images you can identify.

Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

A vandal took a hammer to the Pieta in 1972 and pieces of marble were found everywhere. It took 10 months for the restoration to be completed. You can still enjoy it, but now it sits behind glass.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Created for Pope Julius II tomb, Moses was meant for the second tier. One should stand below and look up at it. It never actually reached the tomb.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Michelangelo chose a different path in creating his David. Rather than having him triumphantly displaying Goliath's head in victory, he chose to portray him in youth.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

This is also called the Study of a Man Shouting. For this drawing, Michelangelo used a model who worked in his studio.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Michelangelo was resistant to the request to paint the Sistine Chapel. He thought of himself as more of a sculptor than a painter and was not comfortable with his skills in creating frescoes.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Michelangelo's first love was sculpting. His artistic talents, however, had no end; not only could he sculpt, paint, and draw, but he was also a poet.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The Madonna and Child, now called the Bruges Madonna and Child, was started in 1504, before Michelangelo finished his David. It stands 49 inches tall and is 24 inches wide

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

David beheads the giant Goliath. Many parts of this painting are reflective of other works; such as the sword raised high, reminiscent of Donatello's "Judith"

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Michelangelo was only 24 when he completed Pietà. His portrayal of the Virgin Mary was unlike any other at the time, with a youthful look.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

This sculpture depicts another myth in which Zeus disguises himself as a swan and proceeds to rape a girl named Leda. There is a graphic retelling of the story by poet William Yeats.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The Creation of Adam is one of the most popular works of all time. Second only to the Mona Lisa, and in the same standing as The Last Supper, it is one of the most widely replicated pieces of art.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Michelangelo sculpted this piece for a banker during his first journey to Rome when he was 21. The grapes symbolize life and the lion skin death.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The unfinished slave sculptures make up a series. It is not known for sure if Michelangelo left them unfinished on purpose.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Zachariah told about Christ's entry into Jerusalem. This may be why Michelangelo chose to place his depiction of Zachariah above the entryway.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The artist did not leave his signature on his works. He did, however, include himself -- or a likeness of himself -- in many pieces.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The Last Judgement sits right above the altar in the Sistine Chapel. The two main colors are that of human flesh against a blue sky, with a little red in the cloaks of angels. The colors in this painting have been dulled by the smoke from the altar candles.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Poet and artist Poliziano suggested to Michelangelo that he create something depicting this legend. It was the final work that he created under the direction of Lorenzo de' Medici.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The Dying Slave and the Rebellious Slave are often referred to as an opposing pair. They are part of the slave series meant for the tomb of Pope Julius II.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Before Michelangelo became well-known, he started his art career by attempting fraud. A patron of his suggested that Michelangelo's work was so skilled that when he sculpted a cupid in the style of the ancient Greeks, that it would pass for an authentic piece of history. They made the statue look as if it had been dug from the ground and sold it. They were later found out, but the buyer was so impressed with Michelangelo's skill, that he invited him to Rome.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

In an effort to create some competition, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were both asked to complete works for the Florentine Hall of State. They were still in conflict with Pisa but wanted to display their victory from the 1364 Battle of Cascina. Neither Leonardo nor Michelangelo was able to finish his piece.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The Delphic Sybil contains vibrant color in contrast to what is around her. She is seen here rolling up her scroll and looking toward the Judith scene.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was originally painted with a blue sky and stars by Piermatteo d'Amelia. When a crack disrupted the art, the pope commissioned for it to be repainted. Michelangelo filled that role.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Michelangelo played an integral part in Florence after the expulsion of the Medici rule. He was hired as director of fortifications for Florence. After the Medici retook the city, he was forgiven and employed again by Clement VI.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The original piece of marble that Michelangelo used to sculpt Christ had a black streak right where the face was to be. This discouraged him, and although the sculpture did eventually get completed, many other artists have made alterations and modifications to it.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The Libyan Sibyl demonstrates Michelangelo's accuracy in painting and shows that he was skilled in painting women as well as men. Noted is the separation of the toe from the foot, in accordance with how she is positioned.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The Victory sculpture is thought by some to be connected to the slave sculptures meant for Pope Julius II tomb. The Victor stands above a slave, with a knee on the shoulder. He shows great strength as he reaches for a garment with one hand.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

It is uncertain whether this sculpture was meant to be David or the god Apollo. It serves as a great example of a work in progress, showing the chisel and hammer marks.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

This biblical story can be found in Acts 9. Saul was blinded by God for speaking ill of him. Then he sent Ananias to speak to Saul. He was then cured of his blindness and the plans God had for him were made known.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

This is part of the slave collection for Pope Julius II tomb. Its counterparts, the Rebellious slave, and the Dying Slave can be found at the Louvre.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

These figures are set in a triangular frame. Asa and his father exist in the discreet background. The woman in the foreground is said to be the mother.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

In the book of Esther, Haman was a vizier under Xerxes. He was often referred to as the Agagite.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

It is not determined who the figures are and whether the old man is Achim or Eliud. This depiction sits on the south wall of the Sistine Chapel.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Also called the Doni Tondo. This painting was pioneer to the style of mannerism, where figures are portrayed in unnatural poses.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

It is said that Michelangelo's family was wealthy, until his banker grandfather failed. He then lived by leasing land. Michelangelo became one of the wealthiest men of his time and died with today's equivalent of tens of millions of dollars.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

After much research, it was found that Michelangelo was paid by Pope Clement VII an annual salary of today's equivalent to $600,000. For the Sistine Chapel, he received the equivalent of $10 million dollars. Even though he was considered the wealthiest artist of all time, he died in his home with very little furniture and was quite a prude when it came to spending money, or even admitting what kinds of funds he had.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

In the Bible, the deluge was brought down on Earth to cleanse it of sinners. Michelangelo depicts the Ark with the few righteous ones, and with the others drowning, or searching for safety while clinging to their material belongings.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Michelangelo created this bust while he was in Rome in 1539-40. Brutus was the man who killed Julius Caesar.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Michelangelo spent quite a bit of time on this tomb. Many of the sculptures meant for this project never made it to their intended resting place. Most were never finished, including the slave series.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The meaning behind the Crouching Boy is unknown. Some think it represents a new birth, others the depressive morals of the Florentine of the time. Still others believe that it represents a fallen soldier.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

A Study for Adam is done in red chalk. This drawing is the base for the painting of Adam in the Sistine Chapel.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

Michelangelo drew Cleopatra to present to Tommaso de’ Cavalieri, a Roman nobelman, in 1532. He became one of Michelangelo's most adored friends who wrote many letters to his admirer.

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Which Michelangelo masterpiece is shown in this image?

The story subject for this piece by Michelangelo is unknown. Some question whether it has a story source or not. The archers are posed as if they have bows, but the only bow seen is the one in Cupid's lap while he sleeps.

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