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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti, who lived from 1475 to 1564, towers as one of the most famous and influential artists of all time. He is renowned for both his sculpture and his painting. He was also an architect and a poet, but it is artwork for which he is most...

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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti, who lived from 1475 to 1564, towers as one of the most famous and influential artists of all time. He is renowned for both his sculpture and his painting. He was also an architect and a poet, but it is artwork for which he is most often remembered.

His David is one of the most famous sculptures in the Western world. His Pieta and Moses are also very famous, as are his unfinished sculptures. His Sistine Chapel ceiling is considered a masterpiece, as is his painting of the Last Judgment.

He influenced the artists who came after him and was a precursor of the Baroque style. Baroque artists studied and imitated his twisting, dynamic forms and took them to the next level. Even today, artists still study and imitate his work, which seems an almost perfect merging of harmonious form with energized motion.

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