My favorite academic painter from the textbook is Michelangelo. Not only was he a painter, but he was also a sculptor, architect, and poet. His favorite painting of mine is of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. There is so much detail on his paintings. They have a type of elegance to them. In his works where he paints nude figures, he is always so detailed and proportionate. Also because he paints on ceilings it is difficult. If he messes up he can't just take the canvas and throw it away, he has to be careful and do it right then and there.