Michelangelo Buonarroti

Renaissance sculptor and architect

Biographical Information

Born: March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy

Attended grammar school



Apprenticed by Domenico Ghirlandaio at age 13


Later taken in by the Medici after a year under Ghirlandaio, reasons unknown


First sculpture executed when he was 17


Lived in Rome from 1496-1501 after the Medici fell from power


Later returned to Florence from 1501-1505


Decorated the ceiling of the Vatican chapel in 1508


Created the tombs for two Medici Dukes in 1520-1534


Later began writing poetry from 1530-1540


Settled in Rome in 1534 and committed himself to painting for Pope Paul The Third


After 1545 he completely committed himself to poetry and architecture


Died: February 18, 1564 In Rome, Italy

Other Information

Michelangelo was apprenticed by one of the greatest artists and sculptors of his time for apparently no explainable reason.


After one year under Domenico he was taken in by the Medici


His work echoed the Roman sarcophagi of the Medici


Cited: Gale Student Resources In Context

Michelangelo's Lorenzo Di Medici

Created in 1524 for the two dukes of the Medici family who were murdered in 1478


Made of marble


This piece was using very realistic sculpting techniques


I think that the representation of the gods and goddesses of day and night are very interesting because it shows that the people of the renaissance still had some pagan beliefs


This piece represents humanism because it focuses completely on humans