Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simon was born March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. He was the son of a local magistrate who returned to Florence, Italy soon after Michelangelo’s birth.
He was an Italian Renaissance artist who was both a painter and a sculptor.
One of his most famous projects is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
It took him four long years of labor and was nearly 68 feet off the ground. Think how hard it would be to lay on your back and paint a ceiling that high.
He also did many sculptors. Imagine taking a big block of stone and carving it into a person. Watch this short video I found on YouTube to see some of his sculptures.
He lived a long life and influenced the development of art in the western world.
He died on Feb. 18, 1564.