Michelangelo By Brenna Conneely


Michelangelo was a painter and sculptor from the Renaissance. He was born March 6, 1475 in Caprese near Arezzo, Tuscany. During his lifetime he created many famous pieces including, the Pieta, the sculpture of David, and he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Also he grew up studying with some of the greatest artist of his time.


Michelangelo had a hard childhood, his mother died when he was only six. His father was very stricked and demanding. He was sent away to grammar school but showed no interest. So he was sent to work with Ghirlandaio, a painter he was 13 at the time.

Training and Education

For a period of time Michelangelo lived with the Medici family. At the time this family was the richest family and supported all types of art. While living with the Medici family he studied sculpting with Bertoldo Giovanniati, at the time he was 15. While studying there he was exposed to many famous artist of the past.


At the age of 24 Michelangelo sculpted the Pieta, which is a depiction of Mary morning over the death of Jesus. The marble he sculpted it out of he picked himself. Today the sculpter is located in St.Peters in the Vatican.

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

One of Michelangelo most well know creations is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It took him fours years, lying on his back to make and contains about 300 figures. The scenes depicted are scenes from the Book of Genesis. The most famous scene is "The Creation of Adam" where God is reaching out to Adam.


The 17 foot statue of David was made is 1504 by Michelangelo. It depicts David when he decided to go into battle. This statue is a symbol of Florentine freedom. Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli help decide where it would be placed. Today it is in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.


Overall Michelangelo was one of the greatest artists of his time and made many influential sculptures that left an impact on everyone. He inspired many future artists by showing how to understand human form. Mannerism mostly came from Michelangelo. Mannerism is an art technique where proportions are emphasized.

Works Cited

Kallaway, Peter, and James Campbell. History Alive. Pietermaritzburg: Shuter & Shooter, 1988. Print.

"Michelangelo, His Paintings, and Sculptures." Michelangelo:Paintings,Sculptures,Biography of Michelangelo. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.

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