Michelangelo Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

0111204951-Michelangelo.jpg Michelangelo (Library of Congress) Published by Salem Press, Inc.

Michelangelo (mi-kuh-LAN-juh-loh) was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni on March 6, 1475, at Caprese, Tuscany, Republic of Florence. His father, a well-established citizen of Florence, is thought to have been a descendant of the counts of Canossa. As early as 1488, Michelangelo was learning his artist’s vocation in the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio in Florence, and soon he was also studying under the protection of Lorenzo the Magnificent, who had quickly recognized the young artist’s budding genius and taken him into the palace “academy.” Here the young Michelangelo associated with some of the greatest Humanists of the age—Politian, Ficino, and Pico della Mirandola, among others—and he absorbed the...

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