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Portrait of Michelangelo, Daniele da Volterra Enlarge

Portrait of Michelangelo
(Daniele da Volterra, Public domain)

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

Sculptor, painter, architect, draftsman and poet, Michelangelo Buonarroti, better known as Michelangelo, was born in Caprese, Italy in 1475. His family foresaw for him a career as a civil servant. Encouraged, however, by one of his friends, he chose instead to become an apprentice at the studio of painter Domenico Ghirlandaio at the age of 13.

Enjoying very early on the patronage of the Médicis, Michelangelo created bas-reliefs before starting to work with sculpture. He executed various orders for the Vatican over the course his life. Many of his creations remain unfinished, perhaps because undertaken too late (his architectural projects, in particular), or temporarily interrupted by commissions (the grave of Julius II).

His David, as well as the fresco of The Last Judgment, is among his most renowned works. His contemporaries were the no less famous Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, who were for him serious competitors.

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