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Michelangelo

Michelangelo at Villa Tuscany

The great artist we know as Michelangelo was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni on March 6, 1475 and died just days short of his 89th birthday on February 18, 1564.  He is one of the most famous artists from Italian Renaissance, working as sculptor, painter, architect and even poet. His outstanding versatility in various disciplines mark him as one of the best examples of a true “Renaissance man” together with his fellow Florentine artist and rival Leonardo da Vinci.

Michelangelo was extremely prolific in all fields of the arts, leaving an array of completed and non-complete (“non-finito”) works.  He remains one of the best-documented artists of the 16th century thanks to an enormous quantity of surviving sketches, correspondence, poetry and reminiscences. 

Two of his most-famous works, the Pietà and David, were sculpted when he was in his 20’s. The iconic sculpture of David can be visited in Florence at the Academia Gallery, together with several other works by the artist including the Slaves. Other universally renowned works by Michelangelo are the frescoes he painted in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, considered among the most influential paintings in the history of Western art.

He also excelled in architecture: in Florence Michelangelo experimented with the Mannerist style at the Laurentian Library, visitable today at the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Later at the age of 74 he worked as architect of Saint Peter's Basilica, where he transformed the plan and made modifications to the dome.

Michelangelo’s fame during his lifetime was unique and extensive, so much that he was referred to as Il Divino (“the divine one”) while still alive. Furthermore he was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was alive. His success and fame helped elevate the status of artists at the time, from that of being craftsmen to our more modern concept of a singular artistic genius.  Several of Michelangelo’s works can be visited in Florence today at museums including the Academia Gallery, Bargello, Cathedral Museum, Casa Buonarroti and the Medici Chapels at San Lorenzo among others. 

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