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Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, and architect. Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of all times, came from a noble Florentine family of small means, and in 1488 was apprenticed to Domenico Ghirlandaio. While an apprentice, he excited the admiration of his master by the life-like animation of this drawings, and upon Ghirlandaio's recommendation, and a the wish of Lorenzo the Magnificent, he received further training (1489-92) in the palace of the Medici, at the school of sculpture then under the direction of Bertoldo, one of

Donatello's pupils. As student and resident of the palace, Michelangelo lived with Lorenzo's sons in the most distinguished society of Florence. He returned to Florence in 1495, and began to work as a sculptor, taking as his model the works of his predecessors and the masterpieces of classical antiquity without, however, sacrificing his individuality. In 1496 he went to Rome, whither his fame had preceded him, and remained there working as a sculptor until 1501. Michelangelo was employed alternately in Rome and Florence by Pop Julius II and his successors, Leo X, Clement VII, and Paul III being his special patrons. Michelangelo died in 1564.
(Source: www.michelangelo.com)
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