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Michelangelo Bounarroti is considered one of the most talented creators in the history of art As a sculptor painter architect and poet he exerted a tremendous influence on his contemporaries and on the subsequent art world His works are well know and easily recognizable His life and works are still an inspiration to artist everywhere Michelangelo was born March 6 1475 in the small village of Caprese in Florence His father Ludovico Buonarroti was a Florentine official with connections to the ruling Medici family At age 13 Michelangelo was apprenticed to painter Domenico Ghirlandio for two years Shortly thereafter while studying at the sculpture school in the Medici gardens and was invited into the household of Lorenzo de Medici the Magnificent leader of Florence at the time While residing with the Medicis Michelangelo had an opportunity to interact with the younger Medicis two of whom later became popes Leo X and Clement VII These popes later commissioned him to do work He produced at least two relief sculptures by the time he was 16 years old the Battle of the Centaurs and the Madonna of the Stairs showing tremendous personal style early on When Lorenzo died in 1492 the Medici family was expelled from Florence Michelangelo fled Florence and went to Bologna there he continued to sculpt at the commission of local churches Four years later in 1496 Michelangelo moved to Rome where he was able to study many newly unearthed classical statues and ruins He soon produced his first large scale sculpture bigger than life Bacchus it is one of the few secular works made by the artist and depicts the Roman god of wine with a satyr Shortly after the Bacchus in 1500 at age 25 Michelangelo completed his of three Pietas The Pieta is one of his most famous works and is the only work he ever signed The Pieta depicts the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of her son Jesus
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