Michelangelo Buonarroti

The Famous Italian Artist

By: Reed Lamy


Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy on March 06, 1475. Michelangelo spent almost all of his 88 years of his life in Italy (specifically Vatican City) working on a variety of pieces of art. He was an apprentice to Domenico Ghirlandaio, a fashionable painter, from the time he was 13 to later in his life. Michelangelo was most famous for his sculpting, but was also a painter, and an architect. The piece of art that made him most famous was a sculpture known as "Marble David". He also had a variety of different pieces of art from Painting the sistine ceiling to the architecture achievement of St. Peter's (shown to the left). One of his Patrons was Cardinal Villiers.

The Work

Marble David

This immaculate sculpture, also known as marble david was reviled in 1505. What is unique about this piece is that it was the first marble sculpture of this size that didn't have a seperate piece of marble added onto it. I find this piece of art so interesting because it is very detailed and they did not have the same technology we have today to create such astounding pieces. Marble David demonstrates humanism because it signifies the importance of humans and moves away from religious and supernatural matters.


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