The Life of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni By Alexandra Gampel


Michelangelo is one of the greatest artists in history. With his work thriving in the Renaissance, his artistry was described as "godlike". His unbelievable talent and strong ambition led him to be one of the first artist to be regonized during their own lifetime. He could bring life to blocks of stone and combined ideal beauty with emotional expression. His pieces have managed to stay relevant through centuries, inspire other artist, and awe people from his time to this day.

The Creation of Adam (1512)

Childhood and Early Life

Michelangelo was born March 6, 1475, in Florence. Historians say that he had a difficult childhood. His mother passed away when he was only six years old and his father was an aggressive and demanding man. Many think this is why he could have such short temper and harsh words at time. He showed appreciation for art early on when he would often skip school to watch painters and artists in church.

Michelangelo's first known painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony

Training and Education

At a young age Michelangelos father sent him to a grammar school to study for the family's financial business. After showing very little interest and often skipping school to watch painters, his father agreed to let him be a painters apprentice. He started working for Ghirlandaio in Florence when he was thirteen. Later on, at 15, he was recommended to study under a sculptor that worked under the Medici family. He lived with the family for this period in which he met many talented and influential artists.

Madonna of Bruges (1504)


Pieta is one of Michelangelos greatest achievements. It's a magnificent sculpture that shows Mary mourning over her crucified son, Jesus. He made it in 1498 when he was only 24. Carved from marble, its location was moved to St. Peter's Basílica. It was commissioned by a French for his own funeral. This piece was attacked and damaged many times. Out of frustration Michelangelo would often lash out and throw the tools at it. It was also harshly criticized was his depiction of Mary, so one day someone took a hammer to it. Although an eye, arm, and nose were chipped off, historians say there was a silver lining to it. They found, during repairs, one of the first pieces he has ever signed with a simple "M".



This sculpture by Michelangelo was commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb. He carved it from Marble when he was only 38. It depicts Moses with the Bible. It shows his immense talent and artistry. The hairs are so fine and chiseled that people said he used a brush to shape them. It's placed in San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. Although he never finished the tomb he valued it as his most important work.



Built by Michelangelo in 1504, to this day it's considered the most famous statue in the world. It is a 17 ft marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a popular subject in Florence and Renassaince art. It's the most famous, influential, and revolutionary piece of art by Michelangelo and to come out of the Renassaince.



In conclusion Michelangelo made some of the most important contributions the history of art. His works are magnificent and influential. He helped make the Renaissance thrive and develope art. His work will never be forgotten and remain current and relevant.

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