The life of Michelangelo

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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. About one year later, he studied at the sculpture school in the Medici gardens. Shortly after that, he was invited into the household of Lorenzo de’ Medici, where he had an opportunity to talk with the younger Medici, who later became Pope Leo X. He was also introduced to humanists such as Marsilio Ficino and the poet Angelo Poliziano, who were frequent visitors to the Medici household.
By the time he turned 16, Michelangelo had made two sculptures, The Battle of the Centaurs and the Madonna of the Stairs, which showed that he had achieved his own personal style at an early age. He was settled in Bologna, where in 1494 and 1495 he sculpted several marble statues for the shrine di San Domenico. Michelangelo traveled to Rome, where he was able to examine many newly discovered classical statues. He soon made his first large sculpture, the life size Bacchus in 1496 to 1498.
Around the same time period, Michelangelo did the marble Pietà in 1498 which was finished in 1500. It became one of his most famous pieces he ever created. In the piece, Mary is shown seated, holding the dead Christ across her lap. Instead of showing extreme grief, Mary is restrained. The high point of M...

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... has inspired me because he had to go through many obstacles to be what he was. He had many people that told him being an artist would not be worth it, and would not help him make something of his life. He worked extremely hard to prove those people wrong and showed how much hard work and dedication could pay off. It really helps me with many obstacles in my life because many people tell me I can not be something. I know if I do not take no for an answer, like Michelangelo did, and do what I love, I will get somewhere in my life and I will be happy. He taught me to never give up on the talents that I have and love.
Today, Michelangelo’s statues, painting, and architecture, are still loved and admired by many. I wish I could sculpt as well as Michelangelo because I just love going to museums and looking at his artwork. He is one of my favorite painters/sculptors.
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