Michelangelo Painter, Sculptor, Architect 1475 – 1564 Born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy, Raised in Florence Father is an official of Florence, Italy. His Mother dies when he is 7 years old Trained as a fresco painter and as a sculptor Spends most of his career traveling between Florence and Rome, depending on who is in power and who can afford to pay him to work His most famous work, “David” is carved from a colossal marble block. With this, he becomes known as the most brilliant sculptor of his day. They call him the “Divine One” David (1504) In 1505 he is asked by the Pope to paint the ceiling of the Sistine chapel (which is Part of the Pope’s residence in Vatican City) Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City (Rome) The ceiling painting includes over 300 figures in stories from the Bible. It takes Michelangelo 4 years of lying flat on his back to complete the project (1508-1512). Years later, Michelangelo is hired to paint the altar wall of the sistine chapel, a massive painting which takes 8 years to complete (15341541). In 1546, he is appointed architect of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. He designs its famous dome but does not live to see it completed. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City Michelangelo died in Rome at the age of 88. His body was brought home to his beloved Florence and buried in a tomb at the Basilica di Santa Croce Michelangelo is considered the greatest Renaissance artist of all time. His greatest love was the study of the human body, which he both sculpted and painted.