He was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect and poet, with incredibly great influence on the further development of European art. He has been known for his life as the greatest artist of his time, and to date he has changed to become one of the greatest artists of all time. Michelangelo himself represented himself as a sculptor, although he was undoubtedly a multitalented and complete artist. His frescoes from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican today are a symbol of the history of art.
Michelangelo Buonarroti is probably the greatest sculptor of all time and an artist whose creativity is often associated with the epithet of the divine. He was born on March 6, 1475, in a small Tuscany town of Caprese, in the then Florentine Republic, and died in a deep age at age 89, on February 18, 1564 in Rome.
His father Lodoviko was the mayor of the city. The Buonaroti family, from 1228, when its first record was recorded, was noble, and equally important and appreciated as the families of Medici and Tornabuoni. However, just at the time of Michelangelo’s birth, they lost their standard and wealth that they acquired by trade and exchange of money, since the grandfather’s grandfather lost his fortune and left only the family villa with the farm in Setinjan and a house in Florence. Michelangelo’s mother, Francesca, died young when he was only six years old, and his father soon married Lucretia di Antonio di Sandro Ubaldini, who was, however, most deserving of the artist’s education. Namely, the stepmother drew attention to Lodovik that his son was late for four years with school.
The first encounter with the stone
Instead of learning Greek and Latin, which was a Tuscan tradition, Michelangelo spent some time in the company of a family of stonecutters who christened and raised marble blocks for buildings and palaces in Florence for generations.
He was ten when he was admitted to Urbino’s grammar school in Florence, where he spent three years. Artistic training began relatively late for the time when it was only 13, since his father was a great adversary to his idea of becoming a sculptor. At that time, the status of an artist was equivalent to the status of a craftsman, so Ludoviko felt that his son would degrade the reputation and family name. In the end, he overwhelmed the son’s desire and “torn his ties”, so young Mikelanđelo, thanks to his father’s intervention, was nevertheless admitted to training for three years in a workshop of the then well-known and promising Florentine painter Domenika Girland. Interestingly, just a year later, young Michelangelo “escaped” his head regardless of the reputable painter, arguing that he no longer had anything to learn from him. In spite of this, it is considered that he mastered the skill of fresco painting in the Girlandaja workshop.