Michelangelo Buonarroti

By Nathan Raike

In the Beginning

  • Born on the 6th of March, 1475 in Caprese, Italy a suburb of Florence
  • He and his family spent a majority of their lives in Caprese because of his father's government post in the town. His mother died when he was 6.
  • After finishing grammar school, Michelangelo was apprenticed by famed artist Domenico Ghirlandaio; his apprenticeship was different in which no reasoning behind Ghirlandaio's choice has been proposed. Michelangelo's time with this artist was short lived and he soon left his master.
  • His general lifestyle was artistically based, in his youth, Michelangelo was given the rare opportunity to visit a vast collection of Roman sculptures by the "ruler of Florence, Lorenzo de' Medici" (Gilbert 1).
  • Michelangelo aspired to become a well known painter and sculpture
  • In Florence the Medici family were the known patrons for upcoming artists, this is the same for Michelangelo
  • With the Renaissance came the developments of the "universal man", majority of Michelangelo's works followed a very Humanistic approach, this can be seen in the free standing nudes because of there approach to showing the genuine positives of every man

The Works of Michelangelo


David. Digital image. Http://www.cambridgeblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/David.jpg.

N.p., n.d. Web.

500th Anniversery of the Sistine Chapel. N.p., n.d. Web. <Pope Celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Completion of the Sistine Chapel. N.p., n.d. Web.>.

"The Last Judgement.Images of a Masterpiece." Last Judgement, Michelangelo's Sistine Masterpiece. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.

"Michelangelo Buonarroti." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998.Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 28 Jan. 2013.

Michelangelo Self Portrait. Digital image.Http://www.abcgallery.com/M/michelangelo/venusti.html. N.p., n.d. Web.

The Sistine Chapel. Digital image. Http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20127765. N.p., n.d. Web.