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Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in 1475 He was born in a small town called Caprese in Tuscany Italy Michelangelo was one of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance According to Charles de Tolnay Michelangelos three greatest works of his later life were the Tomb of Pope Julius II the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Medici Chapel37 Michelangelos specialty was painting the human body unclothed In order to learn to paint the human body so well he would dissect human corpses His artistic talents were noticed at a very early age Michelangelo went to study with Domenico Ghirlandago who taught him about painting He then went on to work with Donatello to learn about sculpture Between the years of 1490-1492 Michelangelo lived in the house of Lorenzo de Medici and was influenced by Neoplatonic thought Some of Michelangelos early painting showed the influence of Giotto and Masaccio Also many of his early sculptures show the influence of Donatello Columbia University Press Michelangelos artistic career can be divided into two periods In the early period he focused on realism During this early period Michelangelos works included the Pieta and the David At the age of 24 he completed a statue called the Pieta showing the dead Jesus Christ in his mothers arms In 1501 Michelangelo returned to Florence Italy to sculpt the famous nude sculpture called the David The David measures 18 feet tall and is so massive that it took 40 men to move it from Michelangelos workshopWorld Book 5016 The second period of Michelangelos career was based upon his imagination In 1505 Michelangelo was summoned by Pope Julius II to fabricate his tomb Michelangelo was so excited about making the tomb for the Pope that he spent many months looking for the perfect piece of marble to make the tomb A short time after starting the tomb Pope Julius II selected Michelangelo
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