Famous Artist – Michelangelo

Michelangelo became one of the world’s most famous painters and was recognized for the sculptures David as well as Pieta. He was also responsible for the painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which also included Last Judgment.

Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy on 6 Match, 1475. He grew up with a moderate family who were very involved in the banking business. Before studying the sculpture gardens of the Medici family he became an apprentice to another painter. From this Michelangelo became extremely famous in his own time, after creating sculptures David and Pieta himself.


At a you age Michelangelo wasn’t very interested in school and preferred to spend his time at church where artists used to gather and create art pieces. The first sculpture that had a big impact on his life was called Cupid. This sculpture has many believes to it, which include the way it was aged. It’s believed the sculpture was artificially age so it would be considered a valuable antique. Some say that Michelangelo’s art dealer buried the sculpture to add this effect. Cardinal Riario from San Giorgio bought the sculpture after being fooled. However, he shortly returned demanding his money back as the sculpture was not really antique. After finding out it was the work of Michelangelo he insisted that he keep the money and come to Rome with the cardinal. This is where Michelangelo spent the rest of his life as an artist.

Not long after relocating to Rome in 1498 Michelangelo was bolstered by yet another cardinal who was a reprehensive of King Charles VIII. Pieta is a sculpture with Mary holding a cross in her lap. The sculpture was created within a year, it was first erected the cardinal’s church and has been moved another 5 times since then. Its current location is in Vatican City at St. Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo was only 25 when he completed the Pieta sculpture. This sculpture was his only work to ever hold his name. He overheard some pilgrims claim that the sculpture was the work of another artist, so he carved his name across the chest of Many for all to see.

When Angelo returned to Florence he was already a well know, respected artist. Shortly after his arrival he took commission for the statue of David as two other artists failed to complete the statue. The statue was carved out of a 17 foot block of marble. A number of other commissions followed after David that included work at the tomb of Pope Julius II. However, Angelo did not complete this as he was interrupted and asked to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

At the Sistine chapel Angelo agreed to complete 12 painting on the ceiling, but later on turned out to be over 300. All the artwork had to be removed as an infectious fungus had been found in the plaster of the ceiling. After the problem had been fixed the artwork had to be replaced, which meant Angelo had to start all over. He fired all the people who assisted him and completed the 65 loot ceiling by himself. Many hours were spent to complete the ceiling, furthermore Angelo was very secretive about the work and didn’t want anyone to see the work before it was completed. The ceiling was revealed in 1512 on October 31st.

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