Michelangelo Buonarroti 

Born: March 6, 1475
Died: February 18, 1564

Michelangelo's affect on the Renaissance: 
Michelangelo was one of the most influential artists of his time, creating world famous pieces still admired today. He primarily considered himself to be a sculptor, using mostly marble. He is also known for his beautiful paintings, particularly frescoes, and even designed several works in architecture. His versatile abilities within the art fields were not unusual at the time for all of his works were thought of being based on a design or drawing. His famous pieces were mostly seen within the church including the paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Michelangelo often used a new style of art called "mannerism" which was a style that permitted artists to express their own feelings or "manners" which was unlike the symmetry and simplicity of other art during the High Renaissance. Fame and popularity, though, caused for his pieces to be documented more vigorously then previous artists and therefore he was the first Western artist to have his biography published during his lifetime. 

Brief Biography
  •    He was born in Florence, Italy into a family that was once minor nobility but eventually lost all status.
  • When he was just six years old his sick mother died, leaving him hopeless and lost which caused much social insecurity.
  •    At the age of thirteen, he apprenticed the prestigious artist, Domenico Ghirlandaio, in Florence.
  • After a year he left and then was taken under the wing of Lorenzo de’Medici, where his true talents as an artist began to show from 1490 to 1492.
  • Here he also studied anatomy and produced two sculptured from the time he was sixteen.
  • After Lorenzo de'Medici's death he traveled to Rome were he studied the unearthed classical statues and ruins
  •    He often would paint beautiful scenes on church ceilings and eventually even the Pope began to recognize his intricate designs.
  • Before he began to work on the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo created Pope Julius the second's tomb.
  •    As he grew older, he worked on smaller projects before passing away.

Florence, Italy

Similar to Botticelli, Michelangelo was born in Florence too as shown in the map below. 

Important Works: Click on the pictures for further information!

Renaissance Europe: Michelangelo

This great video provides a great description on Michelangelo's Statue "David".