Michelangelo (1475-1564)

Michelangelo Buonarotti was born in Caprese (Tuscany) and died in Rome. He was an accomplished sculptor, painter, and architect who represented High Roman Renaissance and the concept of disegno. He apprenticed as a painter, taught himself to sculpt, and later studied anatomy by dissection. Early on he was favored by Lorenzo the Magnificent, and he would continue to have a demanding work relationship with the Medici family. When Lorenzo died, Michelangelo travelled on to Venice, Bologna, and Rome where he would work for various Popes and create some of his most memorable work, such as the Sistine Chapel (Creation of Adam detail above), the Last Judgement, David, and St. Peter's. While Michelangelo never formally learned architecture, he perceived it as an extension of sculpture. Buildings were, to Michelangelo, dynamic sculptures.

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