They included the bronze group “Judith and Holofernes” which is now standing before the Palazzo Vecchio and a bronze statue of St. John the Baptist for Siena cathedral, also undertook the work of the pair of bronze doors in the late 1450’s. This project, which might have rivalled Ghiberti’s doors for the Florentine baptistery, was abandoned about 1460 for unknown reasons. The last years of Donatello’s life were spent designing twin bronze pulpits for St. Lorenzo, and again in the service of his old patrons the Medici, he died on December 13, 1466. These twin bronze pulpits covered with reliefs showing the passion of Christ, are works of tremendous spiritual depth and complexity. Even though some parts were left unfinished, they had to be completed by lesser artists.
Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 to a wealthy family. Michelangelo was always interested in art, but his father was not accepting of his decisions stating, “Artists are manual workers, hardly better than cobblers,”(Cook 2). Michelangelo tried to convince his father in every way, but won him over when he said, “If I enter Domenico Ghirlandaio’s studio, he will pay me,”(Cook 2). Michelangelo was thirteen years old when his father allowed him to become Domenico Ghirlandaio apprentice on April 1, 1488. This was the start of Michelangelo’s art career, which was prosperous until his death in 1564.
David stood as a symbol of Florence’s supremacy.  David was constructed in 1501 but not completed until 1504, and towered over the people at the entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio. Now it stands at the Galleria dell’ Accademia, Florence. This sculpture was an influence to other sculptor’s of the Renaissance because of how Michelangelo pushed the boundaries and artistic ideals of his generation to their physical and stylistic extremes. David is a large sculpture, measuring 13’ 5” high, and is a sculpture of marble.
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As he was also introduced to humanists as Marsilio Ficino and the poet Politian, who were frequent visiters. By the age of 16 Michelangelo had produced two relief sculptures ,the battle of the Centaurs and the Madonna of the stairs, which showed that he had achieved a very personal style at a very early age. His patron Lorenzo died in 1492; two years later Michelangelo fled Florence,when the Medici were temporarily expelled. For a while he was settled in Bologna, where in 1494 and 1495 he sculpted several marble statuettes for the arca (shrine) di San Domenico. Michelangelo went to Rome, where he was able to examine many newly unearthed classical statues and ruins.
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Michelangelo di Ludovico Buonarroti Simoni was born in Caprese, Italy on March 6, 1475. When he was young, he was sent to Florence to study grammar but was not interested in it and was usually found copying paintings from churches and seeking the company of other painters. He shocked and enraged his father when he told him he wanted to become a painter. His father told him he was not going to amount to anything if pursued the arts. At the age of 13, Michelangelo was sent to the workshop of painter Domenico Ghirlandaio through connections of the Medici family.