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A close up of the Michelangelo relief.Michelangelo Buonarroti: (1475-1564) Italian Sculptor, Painter, Architect and Poet.

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Republic of Florence. Throughout his entire career Michelangelo was caught between the power of the Medici family and the Papacy. (Artchive.com)

In 1488 Michelangelo granted an apprenticeship with Domenico Ghirlandaio for 3 years, afterwhich he trasfered to the school of Lorenzo the Magnificent in the garden of the Palazzo Medici. During this time he created the marble reliefs of the Madonna of the Steps, and the Battle of the Centaurs. (Artchive.com)

Pope Julius II comissioned Michelangelo to design his tomb and the Sistene Chapel in 1508-12. In 1516 he completed the architectural works of the Medici Chapel and the Laurentian Library. (Artchive.com)

In 1534 Michelangelo moved to Rome to work exclusively for the Papacy where he was commisioned to The Last Judgement for the Sistene Chapel from 1536-1541. (Artchive.com)

In 1546 Michelangelo was appointed Chief Architect to St. Peter's and charged with the completion of the new church, the most prestigious architectural commission in Christendom. (Artchive.com)

The sculpture of David was supposed to reflect the power and determination of Republican Florence and was under constant attack from supporters of the usurped Medicis. In the 19th century the statue was moved to the Accademia. (Nicolas Pioch, Web Museum )

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Cleveland State University, Special Collections Library.

The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History