Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)

Michelangelo Buonarroti, an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance, was born at Caprese in Tuscany in 1475, and died in Rome in 1564, at age 89. He is considered one of the greatest artists in history, as he is unrivalled in the wideness of his art, his originality, and the power of his artistic concepts. His body of work strikes us through its diversity and its sublime grandeur.

He was a protege of Lorenzo de Medici, of popes Alexander VI and Julius II, etc. He died a wealthy man, honoured by all. His restlessness and misanthropy made his life troubled and difficult.

The world owes him "The Dome of St. Peter's" in Rome, "The Tomb of Julius II", "The Tomb of Giuliano de Medici", "La Pieta", the wonderful statues "David" and "Moses", "The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel", where he portrayed the main biblical scenes "The Genesis", "The Prophets", "The Sibyls", and the grandiose scene of The Last Judgment".

His poems, Sonnets, and the Canzoni, are among the most beautiful in Italian poetry.

e.g. Tintoretto, Pieta, etc.