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Michelangelo Buonarrati 1475-1564 Michelangelo was truly one of the greatest artists that ever lived Considered a master artist by his own generation he was very highly sought after and respected by true art coinsurers of the renaissance period Many artists and musicians are not recognized as Masters until years after their death Michelangelo was definitely held in high regard during the Renaissance period and throughout the ages He was a very hard working diligent artist who was never satisfied with his own work He had very close ties with the Roman Catholic Church as many of his works depicted either Biblical scenes or characters He used many types of medium to create his work but considered himself primarily a sculptor Michelangelo Buonarrati was born in a town called Caprese and grew up in Florence Italy Growing up in Florence had a great impact on his life because Florence was the hub of much of the artistic boom that occurred during the Renaissance period Most of his young life he struggled with his parents between schoolwork and the art he so loved At age thirteen his father allowed him to become the apprentice of Domenico Ghirlandaio a painter who taught him the art of Fresco painting painting on wet stucco At age fifteen he moved into the house of Lorenzo de Medici a leading political figure and patron of the arts It was during this time he developed a love for poetry literature and sculpting He met and studied with Giovanni who taught him the styles of Donatello one of the 15th centuries greatest sculptors He also learned a philosophy called Neoplatonism- a theory that the body is a trap for the soul that longs to reach out to God Michelangelo was a very religious man and spent many hours studying the scriptures which had a great influence on a lot of his work He did very few works that were not
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