Artist: Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Dates: 6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564
Title of Piece: The Conversion of Saul
Xii. to vittoria colonna_
When the prime mover of many sighs
Heaven took through death from out her earthly place,
Nature, that never made so fair a face,
Remained ashamed, and tears were in all eyes.
O fate, unheeding my impassioned cries!
O hopes fallacious! O thou spirit of grace,
Where art thou now? Earth holds in its embrace
Thy lovely limbs, thy holy thoughts the skies.
Vainly did cruel death attempt to stay
The rumor of thy virtuous renown,
That Lethe’s waters could not wash away!
A thousand leaves, since he hath stricken thee down,
Speak of thee, not to thee could Heaven convey,
Except through death, a refuge and a crown.
Brief Biography: Michelangelo was a sculptor, painter and poet of the High Renaissance era. In his lifetime he was considered to be the greatest living artist, and is one of the most highly regarded to this day and the most documented artist of the 6th century. It is said Michelangelo, although rich, lived a monastic life in poverty and squalor even denying himself from physical relationships. However his sexuality is made apparent in his poetry.