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Famous Figures of the Italian Renaissance There were many famous figures of the Italian Renaissance During the Renaissance there was a tremendous outburst of creative geniuses in all aspects of the arts science and literature Among these were the artists Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti the great Florentine ruler Lorenzo de Medici and the Pope Julius II These individuals probably more than anyone else contributed to the great works of art created during the Italian Renaissance Leonard da Vinci was born in the Italian town of Vinci in 1452 As a teenager he was apprenticed to the artist Verrocchio Leonardo is one of the most famous artists of all time He also painted the Mona Lisa which remains a very famous painting He also painted the famous Last Supper He above anyone else embodies the term Renaissance Man because he did everything He excelled in painting sculptor botany and science He was also a skilled architect and poet He was very curious and hardly ever finished any of his works Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in 1475 in the village of Caprese Michelangelo is arguably the most famous and skilled painter of all time But all he wanted to do was sculpt He didnt even think of himself as a painter His most famous work is probably the David his 18-foot marble statue of the Biblical hero Another of Michelangelos famed masterpieces is his frescoes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling The frescoes took 4 years to complete The panels show the stories of the Bible from the creation to Noah in reverse order Michelangelo also painted the famous Last Judgement on one of the walls in the Sistine Some of his other works include the Pieta the Moses and the Madonna Lorenzo de Medici was born in Florence in 1449 the son of the Florentine ruler Cosimo de Medici Lorenzo gained the nickname the Magnificent because of his many contributions to Florence He was
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