- "(Ohhh!) Michelangelo, and I'm a giant! I made David, but I'll slay you like Goliath!"
- —Michelangelo referencing his famous sculpture David[src]
Michelangelo Buonarotti is a character portrayed by Ian Hecox in Artists vs TMNT, the Season 3 finale of Epic Rap Battles of History. He battle rapped alongside Raphael Sanzio da Urbino, Leonardo da Vinci, and Donatello Bardi as part of the Renaissance Artists against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of the same names.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni or more commonly known by his first name Michelangelo (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered by some the greatest living artist during his lifetime, he has since been described as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine and client of the Medici, Leonardo da Vinci.
A number of Michelangelo's works of painting, sculpture and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in these fields was prodigious; given the sheer volume of surviving correspondence, sketches and reminiscences, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. He sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty. Despite holding a low opinion of painting, he also created two of the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. His design of the Laurentian Library pioneered Mannerist architecture. At the age of 74, he succeeded Antonio da Sangallo the Younger as the architect of St. Peter's Basilica. He transformed the plan so that the western end was finished to his design, as was the dome, with some modification, after his death.
Michelangelo was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was alive. In fact, two biographies were published during his lifetime. One of them, by Giorgio Vasari, proposed that Michelangelo's work transcended that of any artist living or dead, and was "supreme in not one art alone but in all three".
In his lifetime, Michelangelo was often called Il Divino ("the divine one"). His contemporaries often admired his terribilità — his ability to instill a sense of awe. Attempts by subsequent artists to imitate Michelangelo's impassioned, highly personal style resulted in Mannerism, the next major movement in Western art after the High Renaissance.
[Note: Michelangelo Buonarroti is in orange, while Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello Bardi, and Raphael Sanzio da Urbino are in regular text. Michelangelo rapping along with another artist(s) is in orange and italics. All four artists rapping at the same time are not in italics.]
Cowabunga, dude, so let's get it on.
Reptiles against the fathers of the Renaissance.
We got the classical technique
To kick these three-toed freaks back under the street! (Ooh!)
I take a turtle, and I turn him into mincemeat.
You don't really wanna step to da Vinci!
I love the ladies; I like to keep it mellow,
So let me pass the mic to my man, Donatello!
(Uh!) Hard shell, but you're gross in the middle.
Wouldn't wanna touch you with a six-foot chisel!
Born in goop, raised in poop,
I slice through a group of ninjas like fruit. Oops!
(Yo!) Raphael, and I came to flow!
Deemed dope by the Pope and I boned 'til I croaked!
I'm an emcee Shredder, but I get the feeling
I should pass it up to my man on the ceiling!
(Ohhh!) Michelangelo, and I'm a giant!
I made David, but I'll slay you like Goliath!
I'm a rap God, and you can't quite touch me!
This battle's your Last Judgment, trust me!
We drop science! We got the mathematics!
The architects of rebirth are rap addicts!
You beat the Foot, but it won't go well
When you catch an Italian boot to the half shell!
That's because you mutants are too immature!
You wouldn't know genius if it pissed in your sewer!
We got the talent, and the minds, and the rhymes so sweet!
We're like your NES game 'cause we can't be beat!
|Artists vs TMNT|
- Michelangelo is wearing an orange top to match the eyemask of the turtle of the same name.