Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Bronze Sculptor 1475 - 1564
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni or Michelangelo for short, was born in 1475 in Caprese, Italy and was brought into a family of bankers. He chose to follow a path in art which made him become an apprentice to a painter. This gave him the beginning skills and knowledge in this area from which Michelangelo was then able to go and study in the sculpture gardens of the great Medici family. Following these moments were the start of his career as an artist and a sculptor.
Michelangelo didn't only produce sculptures, he also created paintings as well which can still be found around today. He is most famous for his sculptures 'David' and 'Pieta' which are remarkable pieces in themselves. As he grew up, he always thought himself as a Florentine, but he lived most of his life in Rome which lead to him passing away at the age of 88 in 1564 due to an illness.
He was regarded as many things, including a painter, sculptor, architect and poet due his wide variety of skills and talents which is why he further became one of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance. At a young age, his mother came under an illness which lead to Michelangelo being placed under a family of stonecutters from which he learned the trade and this was where the skills and knowledge necessary to becoming a sculptor were learnt. He started picking up skills and studied artists while they were painting at nearby churches. At the age of thirteen, his father knew Michelangelo didn't want to follow the family footsteps in the financial district in which he apprenticed him to a fashionable Florentine painters workshop.
After a long period outside of Florentine, he then returned in 1495 to begin work as a sculptor. There are many stories about one of his sculptures called 'Cupid'. This sculpture was artificially aged to resemble a rare antique in which people would theorise as to how he done it. There was a point in which this sculpture was brought by Cardinal Riario, but he then demanded for his money back. Due to the quality of the sculpture however, he allowed Michelangelo to keep the money and invited him to Rome where he would live and work for the rest of his life.
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