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Michelangelo worked on a huge cardboard. To do this, he was allocated the premises of the dyers hospital. He fills the canvas with naked soldiers who decided to bathe in the heat in the Arno River. But at this time, an alarm rang out in the camp, calling for battle.
Michelangelo portrayed soldiers who quickly crawled out of the water. They seek to come to the aid of their comrades as quickly as possible. Some of them are more likely to arm themselves, others are fastening their shells, while others are already jumping on their horses.
Here you can see the figures united in groups. They are sketched in completely different ways. Some of them are drawn only with strokes. Others are outlined in coal. Michelangelo was able to demonstrate all his skills on one sheet.
The Battle of Cachine cardboard was ordered by Michelangelo's government. He tried to convey the desire of people to defend the republic.
The work was not finished. Only cardboard was created, which became the preparatory stage for creating a full-size image. Only copies of this cardboard have survived to this day.
The painter does not depict battle scenes. We see a peaceful event - soldiers who decided to swim. The main character is missing here. Each of the participants in the canvas is independent and equal. They are united only by a coordinated action.
The artist depicts 18 figures in various poses. They are much more interesting for the painter than the plot itself. Michelangelo depicts those minutes that precede the battle. The situation is outlined only slightly. Michelangelo highlights the figures. We see how masterfully he portrays the human body.
The heroic principle is embodied here not in the ups and downs of the plot, but in the eloquent body language. The artist demonstrates how the impulse for a certain action passes into this action.