Michelangelo – part 1
Michelangelo was born in the Italian city Caprese on 6 March 1475. His father was mayor of the city, but shortly after the birth of Michelangelo his term of office expired and the whole family left Caprese to settle in Florence.
From an early age, Michelangelo showed his artistic nature, and so at the age of 12 years, in 1487, he enrolled as an apprentice in the workshop of the famous painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. There he made his first artistic steps. Alongside his apprenticeship near Ghirlandaio he goes to sculptor Bertoldo’s school where he was taught the art of sculpture. In 1489 he leaves Ghirlandaio’s workshop and continues his apprenticeship next to Bertoldo.
In 1494 he leaves Florence and after spending some time in Venice, he ends up in Bologna. There he carved after ordering, three statues for the church of St. Dominic.
A year later, in 1495, he returned to Florence. Among other things, he creates a statue depicting Eros sleeping, which he sells as ancient to the Cardinal Riario. The Cardinal discovered the fraud, but he liked so much the work of Michelangelo that called him to Rome.
In 1496, he went to Rome, in the eternal city, mainly because of the acquaintance with Cardinal Riario, he frequenting associated with aristocratic houses, which had the opportunity to study many classics which decorated these homes. Furthermore Rome at that time was one huge museum. Michelangelo studied every inch of this “museum” and even after orders, added to it some of his own statues. He stayed there for four years until 1501 when he returned to his beloved Florence.
In Florence he was ordered the creation of many works of which he managed to make some. He couldn’t cope with all the orders he had received, because in 1505 the pope Julius II Continue below…
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