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Michelangelo Buonarrotti a protagonist of the Italian Renaissance

Michelangelo Buonarrotti

The summary of my life... or almost

Painter, sculptor, architect but also poet: I have been all this and much more in eighty-nine years of life. I was born on March 6th, 1475 in the Tuscan village of Caprese and I was the second of five brothers. My mother died when I was only six years old: I didn't know her very well. My father wanted me to study grammar, but I wanted to be a sculptor. He set me up in a workshop to study the art of drawing and painting at the Ghirlandaio brothers but then his friend Granacci took me to the Garden of San Marco: an ante litteram academy of sculpture owned by Lorenzo il Magnifico. The Magnifico welcomed me to his home as a son, but after his death in 1492, I had to leave those walls.

I moved to Rome when I was twenty-one years old and began working on Bacchus for Cardinal Riario. Immediately afterwards it came the important commission of the Vatican Pietà which was the one that echoed my name throughout Europe.

From then on I did not give up a single day of work: the Tondo Doni, the Madonna of Bruges, the vault of the Sistine Chapel, the tomb of Julius II, the New Sacristy, the Last Judgement, the project for the Basilica of Saint Peter and many other works that still make people talk about me.

I died in my house in Macel de' Corvi in Rome on February 18th, 1564, surrounded by my closest friends who read me the passages of the Gospels with the Passion of Christ.

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The Creation of Adam

The creation of Adam is a fresco located inside the fourth vault of the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican museums in Rome, made by Michelangelo...
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The Creation of Adam (particular)

This fresco is part of the decoration of the Sistine Chapel, near the Vatican Museums in Rome. The detail presented here depicts the hand of the...
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The Last Judgement

The Last Judgement is one of the most famous paintings in the world and is located on the east wall of the Sistine Chapel, or that of the altar....
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Madonna of the Stairs

Madonna della Scala is my first youthful sculptural work that has survived to your days. I carved this bas-relief in 1492 and it has a lot to do...

Holy Family with St. John the Baptist (detail of the Child)

The detail of the face of the Child Jesus I painted for the Tondo Doni. It is the Holy Family that I made for Agnolo Doni and his wife Maddalena...

Portrait of Michelangelo by Daniele da Volterra

This is the portrait that Daniele da Volterra made of me: an oil painting on wood dated around 1544. A work not finished but from which numerous...

Seated Young Male Nude and Two Arm Studies

It is the live study of a nude of the vault of the Sistine Chapel. Muscular knees, pectorals studied in detail and an incredible anatomical...
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Madonna and Child

The Madonna and Child is one of my most famous drawings. Often the drawing is called cardboard or cartonetto but it is not at all a preparatory...