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The second of five brothers Michelangelo was born on March 6 1475 atCaprese in Tuscany to Ludovico di Leonardo di Buonarotto Simoni and Francesca NeriThe same day his father noted down Today March 6 1475 a child of the male sex hasbeen born to me and I have named him Michelangelo He was born on Monday between4 and 5 in the morning at Caprese where I am the Podest Although born in the smallvillage of Caprese Michelangelo always considered himself a son of Florence as didhis father a Citizen of Florence His Childhood and Youth Buonarrotis motherFrancesca Neri was too sick and frail to nurse Michelangelo so he was placed with awet nurse in a family of stone cutters where he sucked in the craft of hammer andchisel with my foster mothers milk When I told my father that I wish to be an artist heflew into a rage artists are laborers no better than shoemakers Buonarrotis motherdied young when the child was only six years old But even before then Michelangeloschildhood had been grim and lacking in affection and he was always to retain a taciturndisposition Touchy and quick to respond with fierce words he tended to keep to himselfout of shyness according to some but also according to others a lack of trust in hisfellows His father soon recognized the boys intelligence and anxious for him to learnhis letters sent him to the school of a master Francesco Galeota from Urbino who inthat time taught grammar While he studied the principles of Latin Michelangelo madefriends with a student Francesco Granacci six years older than him who was learning theart of painting in Ghirlandaios studio and who encouraged Michelangelo to follow hisown artistic vocation Early Life in Florence Michelangelos father now a minorFlorentine official with connections to the ruling Medici family placed his 13-year-oldson in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio After about one yearMichelangelo went on to study at the sculpture school
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