Michelangelo was a poet, a writer, a sculptor, a painter, and an architect who served six popes during the Italian renaissance. He was born in Caprese in 1475 and brought to Florence as in infant. His mother died when he was still a child. He was deeply attached his family, who failed to understand his artistry, yet also saw Michelangelo as their only source of income. In 1488, he became the apprentice of popular painter Domenico Ghirlandaio, but then a year later left to study sculpture in the Medici gardens. At the age of fifteen, Michelangelo was taken to live as a son of the Medici Palace and study art.