Born March 6 1475 in Caprese Italy Mother died when he was six Grew up without affection Father wanted him to be a merchant
When I told my father that I wish to be an artist he flew into a rage artists are laborers no better than shoemakers."
Apprenticed at age 12 to painter in Florence Lived with ruling Medici family in their palace Started working as a sculptor under Donatello Sculpted Bacchus
Michelangelo wanted to learn about anatomy by studying corpses. The Catholic Church forbid it. He made an agreement with the Church that he could study bodies in return for a carved wooden crucifix. Studying bodies made him ill many times.
Pieta at Saint Peters Basilica
Michelangelo did not want to paint. Pope Julius II insisted he paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It became Michelangelos greatest work. He painted scenes from the Old Testament.
The Sistine Chapel
The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
God creates the Sun and Moon
The Face of God
Finger of God touching Adams finger
God creates Eve
Jacob and Joseph
David and Goliath
Pope Julius II commissioned him to build a magnificent tomb. Michelangelo worked on it for years but did not finish the 40 statues ordered.
Moses the centerpiece of Pope Julius IIs tomb
Michelangelo was commissioned to make the tombs for the Medici family.
Statues of the Medici brothers
Pope Paul VII Farnese asked him to paint a fresco of the Last Judgment which would be the largest painting in the world at that time.
The Last Judgment
Michelangelos last years were spent chiseling a last pieta. He wrote his best poetry near the end of his life. He was buried in Florence Italy.
Michelangelo died and his body was put in a sarcophagus in Rome. His nephew sneaked his body out of Rome and buried it in Florence where he wanted to be buried.