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Lefty Michelangelo Buonarroti

Famous Left-handed Birthday, March 6

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian Renaissance Artist

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Artist

Left-handed artist Michelangelo started painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for Pope Julius II. This was in 1508, and he was only 33 years old.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), or Michelangelo, as he is commonly called, was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer.

His versatility in the fields of disciplines he took up was exceedingly in high order that he is often considered with the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, that is, along with fellow Italian, Leonardo da Vinci.

Michelangelo’s output in every field was just a prolific including sketches, volume of correspondence, and reminiscences that survive, as documented. His best-known works, the Pietà and David, were sculpted before he turned thirty. He also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

As an architect, Michelangelo pioneered the Mannerist style at the Laurentian Library. At the age of 74, he succeeded Antonio da Sangallo the Younger as the architect of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Scholars see proof of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s left-handedness in his depiction of Adam extending his left hand toward God on the ceiling of the Sisteine Chapel.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Artist Pablo Picasso – Not a Lefty

As often quoted or listed, Pablo Picasso is not a leftie.  Thanks to Allison Clark for calling my attention through her recent comment, April 28, 2010.

And Mike1942, a contributor at has confirmed this. We only need to consider Picasso’s several dozen pictures working with his right hand in “Goodbye Picasso” alone, says Mike.

Painter, Sculptor, Draughtsman – Artist Pablo Picasso


Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), was born in Málaga, Spain. Commonly called as Picasso, he was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and draughtsman. He is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art, best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), his portrayal of the Spanish Civil War’s German bombing of Guernica.

Photo Source:   Picasso, 1962.  Argentina. Revised,  Vea y Lea

Lefty Trivia – Leonardo da Vinci

Lefty Trivia – Leonardo da Vinci

The city of Rome named their airport after left-handed artist Leonardo da Vinci, and also built a huge statue of the sculptor welcoming visitors and guests to the city with a wave of his left hand.