Picture Study

Picture Study is simple. Look at the picture with your children for a few minutes and then talk about what you saw. Try to remember as much about the piece as you can. Enjoy the beauty of it. Art is not a chore; it’s a pleasure. This year, we are looking at older art, and we’ve chosen some pieces of Michelangelo’s work to enjoy.


Michelangelo (1475-1564) was apprenticed to work in a studio funded by the Medici family when he was only 14 years old. He poured all of his time and being into his art, not making many meaningful relationships throughout his life. His work was magnificent: paintings, sculptures, and architecture flowed out of him. Many of his projects required years of his attention, but he didn’t stop until he felt that they were perfect.

The Art

Libyan Sibyl By Michelangelo – Michelangelo, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16022408
Moses By Michelangelo – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46476418
Sistine Chapel By Michelangelo – Own work Antoine Taveneaux Taken on 14 June 2014, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33930339
Pieta By Stanislav Traykov – Cut out and cropped., CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3667082
Tondo Doni By Michelangelo – Uffizi, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76617944





As always, please make sure to watch videos yourself before you show them to your kids so that you know how best to introduce and discuss them.

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