Artist. One of the most famed and celebrated sculptors, architects and painters in world history, his father had close connections with the Medici family. When Michelangelo was 13, he was sent to painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. After two years he come at the sculpture school in the Medici gardens. His works "Battle of the Centaurs" and the "Madonna of the Stairs" was made while he was 16 years old. After Medici was temporarily expelled Michelangelo settled in Bologna and then went to Rome where he produced his first large sculpture "Bacchus." Also about same time he produced the only work he ever signed "Pieta." Between 1501 and 1504, Michelangelo returning to Florence where he produced the symbol of Florence-"David." In 1505 Pope Julius II who gives him two commissions recalled him to Rome. One was painting the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel ceiling painted, between 1508 and 1512. The other was production of Pope Julius II tomb. The pope ordered him to put aside the tomb project in favor of painting the Sistine ceiling. Michelangelo made some of his finest sculpture for the Julius Tomb, including the "Moses," the "Bound Slave" and the "Dying Slave." In 1520 he designed Laurentian Library in Florence. Between 1519 and 1534 he took the commission of the Medici Tombs for the New Sacristy of San Lorenzo. In 1534 Michelangelo went back to Rome but work on the Medici Tombs continued. In 1536, he worked on the "Last Judgment" for the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel, which he finished in 1541. The largest fresco of the Renaissance is his depicts "Judgment Day." His last paintings were the frescoes of the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican, which still is little accessible to the public. Unlike his other frescoes, they are in the position normal for narrative painting, on a wall and not exceptionally high up.
Bio by: Jelena