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Michelangelo born in 1475 in a small town near Florence is considered to be one of the most inspired men who ever lived He was born to Ludovico Buonarroti who had major connections with the ruling Medici family of the time By the time Michelangelo was a young man he was apprenticed to Domenico Ghirlandaio a painter of the day and did many commissioned works Soon thereafter Michelangelo was invited to go live in the court of Lorenzo de Medici where he met future Popes Leo X and Clement VII both Medicis as well as Renaissance humanists Marsilio Ficino and the poet Politian By the time he was sixteen he had already two sculptures under his belt The Battle of the Centaurs and The Madonna of the Stairs After his teachers death and the expulsion of the Medici family Michelangelo fled Florence though he would retain his love for his home region throughout his life Michelangelo then settled in Bologna where he completed several statues for the Arca shrine di San Domenico in the Church of San Domenico Michelangelo made his way to Rome where he was able to study newly unearthed Roman ruins Not long after Michelangelo produced his first larger-than-life-sized sculpture Bacchus which was modeled after a pagan Roman god and reproduced from the style he saw in the ancient ruins About that same time he also created one of his greatest masterpieces La Pieta in which he shows the Blessed Mother as restrained in her grief but with real human expressions Lovely Michelangelo soon created another masterpiece David which shows the naked biblical David waiting to meet his foe Goliath In this sculpture Michelangelo not only proved that he was the best artist of his time but even better than the ancient artists he emulated as well About a year after creating David Pope Julius II summoned Michelangelo to Rome to work on his most famous
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