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Michelangelo
Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet

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Michelangelo
Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet

Birth Date

March 06, 1475

Death Date

February 18, 1564

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Michelangelo did pretty well considering his father did not want him to become an artist, and tried to beat the idea out of him with a stick.

Pope Julius II also beat Michelangelo with a stick. When he asked Michelangelo, "When will you finish the Sistine chapel?", Michelangelo chieekily replaid, "When I can." Julius then whacked him and repeated "When I can, when I can!" (whack, whack). 

Michelangelo was very gay, and tormented by it. He had a habit of painting nude young boys into scenes where they had no business, and scenes with piles of naked men for no obvious reason. You'd ask the guy,"Paint me a battle scene", and he'd paint the soldiers bathing before being attacked. (This really happened, look it up). He wrote passionate love letters to his male love interests, and poems about his longing for them, as well as less sexy poems beating himself up for being a sinner. It is not clear if he actually acted on his homosexual desire, other than through art. He believed chastity was good for your health and lived to age 88 during a time when the average life span was only 35! Not sure if that's a worthwhile trade-off.

He loved sculpture and hated painting, even though he was one of the greatest painters of all time. He said "the more painting resembles sculpture, the more I like it, and the more sculpture resembles painting, the less I like it". However he admitted that he was able to do more than just sculpt, and once said "Believe it or not, I can actually draw." He hated religious artworks, which he thought were "only suitable for very old or very young women," and landscape painting, which he thought was "a game for children and uneducated men." The sassy Sistine-painter also hated Raphael for jacking his style.

 

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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni or more commonly known by his first name Michelangelo (/ˌmkəlˈænəl/; Italian: [mikeˈlandʒelo di lodoˈviːko ˌbwɔnarˈrɔːti siˈmoːni]; 6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered by some the greatest living artist during his lifetime, he has since been described as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine and client of the Medici, Leonardo da Vinci.

A number of Michelangelo's works of painting, sculpture and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in these fields was prodigious; given the sheer volume of surviving correspondence, sketches and reminiscences, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. He sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty. Despite holding a low opinion of painting, he also created two of the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. His design of the Laurentian Library pioneered Mannerist architecture. At the age of 74, he succeeded Antonio da Sangallo the Younger as the architect of St. Peter's Basilica. He transformed the plan so that the western end was finished to his design, as was the dome, with some modification, after his death.

Michelangelo was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was alive. In fact, two biographies were published during his lifetime. One of them, by Giorgio Vasari, proposed that Michelangelo's work transcended that of any artist living or dead, and was "supreme in not one art alone but in all three".

In his lifetime, Michelangelo was often called Il Divino ("the divine one"). His contemporaries often admired his terribilità—his ability to instil a sense of awe. Attempts by subsequent artists to imitate Michelangelo's impassioned, highly personal style resulted in Mannerism, the next major movement in Western art after the High Renaissance.

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