Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564)

Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect and poet.

Generally considered one of the greatest artists ever. He worked in Florence and Rome. Michelangelo receives his formal education from the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio and the sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni. In 1496 Michelangelo moves to Rome. One of his first major assignments is for the well-known Pietà in St. Peter's basilica. Back in Florence Michelangelo creates another masterpiece: David (1501-1504), now on display in the Academia. Michelangelo dies in Rome in 1564. He is buried in Florence. In his lifetime he was already famous and renowned, especially in Italy. He was also known as pessimistic and miserly. A famous quote: "The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."