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Michelangelo More than a painter Michelangelo Di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni is known as the greatest sculptor of the sixteenth century He was known in the same magnitude as Donatello in the fifteenth century and Bernini in the seventh century Michelangelo was not only a renowned Italian Renaissance sculpture and painter but also an architect and poet He exerted an paralleled influence on the development of Western artEncyclopedia Britannica 1994 The Artist that is known around the world simply as Michelangelo resisted a paintbrush He often claimed that his only tool would be the chisel Born at Caprise in Tuscany on March 6 1475 he was the second of five boys Even though he was born in Tuscany he considered himself from Florence This loyalty to Florence would later help shape his life He was sensitive about being considered an artist and treated as if he ran a shop Michelangelo would later profess that his family paid taxes and held government posts in Florence for three hundred years This would place him among the citys upper echelon With this would come wealth land and social status and this disconnected Michelangelo from the fellow artists Michelangelos mother became very sick and could not take care of the future painter of the Sistine Chapel so he was placed with a nurse in a family of stone cutters This is where Michelangelo was first exposed to stone working This would help explain how he developed his own personal style at the tender age of sixteen Michelangelo first showed this personal style in two relief sculptures The Battle of the Centaurs and The Madonna of the Stairs Both 1489-92 Casa Buonarroti Florence Along with these two sculptures Michelangelos early style is shown in the marble David Michelangelo worked on this gigantic 434 m 1424 ft stature between 1501 and 1504 He chose to represent David as an athletic character ready to fight But at the same time David has
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