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Michelangelo’s Life. Born March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy Mother died when he was six Grew up without affection Father wanted him to be a merchant.

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michelangelo s life
Michelangelo’s Life
  • 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."
michelangelo s youth
Michelangelo’s Youth
  • 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 peter s basilica
Pieta at

Saint Peter's Basilica

Michelangelo did not want to paint. Pope Julius II insisted he paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It became Michelangelo’s greatest work. He painted scenes from the Old Testament.
Pope Julius II commissioned him to build a magnificent tomb. Michelangelo worked on it for years, but did not finish the 40 statues ordered.
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.
Michelangelo’s 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.