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Michelangelo Buonarroti was born March 6 1475 in the small village of Caprese Italy A sculptor architect painter and poet that did his work in the Italian high renaissance Michelangelos father Ludovico Buonarroti had connection to the prominent Medici family He studies at the gardens when he was 15 years old and was invited into the household of Lorenzo de Medici the magnificent Michelangelos future was shaped to a large degree by his life in Lorenzos household When Lorenzo died in 1942 at the age of 43 Michelangelo designed the tombs for Lorenzo as well as his brother Guiliano de Medici The two complex tombs were conceived as representing opposite types Lorenzos the contemplative introspective personality while Guilianos the active extroverted one He put magnificent nude representations of dawn and dusk on Lorenzos tomb and representations of day and night on Guilianos tomb Work on the Medici tombs continued long after Michelangelo went back to Rome in 1534 In 1505 Michelangelo was called back to Rome by Pope Julius II in for two commissions The most important one was for the frescoes of the Sistine chapel ceiling Working lying on his back on scaffolding Michelangelo painted between 1508 and 1512 some of the finest pictorial images of all time On the vault of the papal chapel he devised an intricate system of decoration that included nine scenes from the Book of Genesis Beginning with God Separating Light from Darkness and including the creation of Adam the Creation of Eve the Temptation and Fall of Adam and Eve and the Flood In order for him to prepare for this enormous work Michelangelo drew numerous figure studies and cartoons devising scores of figure types and poses These images demonstrating Michelangelos masterly understanding of human anatomy and movement changed the course of painting in the west Before the assignment of the Sistine ceiling in 1505 Michelangelo had been commissioned by Julius II to create his tomb Michelangelo
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