Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, was a very influential man of his time and of all time. Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475, in a small village a part of the Florentine territory known as Caprese. His father originally did not support his artistic ability, but just a while after Michelangelo’s 13th birthday, his father allowed him to be an apprentice for a famous painter, Domenico Ghirlandaio. Unfortunately there was some conflict between Michelangelo and Ghirlandaio so after a year Michelangelo was no longer his apprentice and he denies Ghirlandaio influenced his works.
Later he stayed with the very powerful Medici family for two years. Lorenzo de’ Medici was a great patron of the arts who gave Michelangelo a chance to expand his artistic talents. He learned his sculpting skills from Bertoldo di Giovanni, who was trained by the great Donatello. He also expanded his education and gained knowledge of poetry and philosophy. Medici also had Michelangelo study the Classic Ancient Roman and Greek arts. Michelangelo became so excellent in Classic Roman arts that his works passed as Roman originals. Due to his talents in the ancient art Michelangelo was present at the excavation of the giant sculpture of Laocoön.
Michelangelo was a very religious man which is shown in many of his paintings. Later in his career he portrayed a bit more of his own idea of Christianity in his works.
His patrons that supported Michelangelo all showed how great his works were. All of them were very wealthy and very influential people of the time. Probably the most influential people of the time were the popes due to the strength of Christianity, and three of them supported Michelangelo’s work. One piece Michelangelo did for the church was the Pieta in Saint Peter’s Basilica. It pictures Christ on his mother’s lap after he was taken down off of the cross he was crucified on. The work included great detail like all of his work, but the best thing about his work is exaggerating certain areas of the painting to give a message or tell a story. This piece was also very well finished even to Michelangelo’s standards.
Another very well known work of Michelangelo was the...