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Life of Michelangelo Michelangelo 1475-1564 arguably one of the most inspired creators in the history of art and with Leonardo da Vinci the most potent force in the Italian High Renaissance As a sculptor architect painter and poet he exerted a tremendous influence on his contemporaries and on subsequent Western art in general A Florentine - although born March 6 1475 in the small village of Caprese near Arezzo - Michelangelo continued to have a deep attachment to his city its art and its culture throughout his long life He spent the greater part of his adulthood in Rome employed by the popes characteristically however he left instructions that he be buried in Florence and his body was placed there in a fine monument in the church of Santa Croce Early Life in Florence Michelangelos father a Florentine official named Ludovico Buonarroti with connections to the ruling Medici family placed his 13-year-old son in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio After about two years Michelangelo studied at the sculpture school in the Medici gardens and shortly thereafter was invited into the household of Lorenzo de Medici the Magnificent There he had an opportunity to converse with the younger Medicis two of whom later became popes Leo X and Clement VII He also became acquainted with such humanists as Marsilio Ficino and the poet Angelo Poliziano who
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