Interesting Facts about Michelangelo

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Interesting Facts about Michelangelo

There are lots of interesting facts about Michelangelo. The following list provides a brief overview of his life, some of his works and other interesting facts about Michelangelo.

  • Another of his most famous works is ‘Pieta’, a depiction of Jesus Christ on the lap of mother Mary. Pieta is the only work that was signed by Michelangelo.
  • He didn’t like school and would rather have been painting.
  • That he had five brothers is another of many interesting facts about Michelangelo.
  • He was born in Caprese, Italy, but was raised in Florence.
  • His full name is  Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
  • His mother died while he was young. After that he was raised by a stonecutters family in Settignano.
  • His parents were Ludovico di Leonardo di Buonarotto Simoni and Francesca Neri
  • Michelangelo is Italian.
  • Michelangelo lived from March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564
  • More interesting facts about Michelangelo, he took a break from his work as an artist to join the military from 1527 to 1529 in order to defend the Republic of Florence.
  • Michelangelo used to spend months in selecting marble blocks which he used for famous sculptures such as “David” and “Moses”.
  • Michelangelo was also a poet. There are about 300 of his poetic works still in existence.
  • Michelangelo was appointed as an architect for the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. The sketch for this work of his was found in 2007.
  • Michelangelo was as an apprentice to the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio and attended the sculpture school in Medici gardens.
  • Michelangelo was often dissatisfied with himself and his work.
  • One of Michelangelo’s notable works was a wooden sculpture titled, ‘Crucifix’, which he gave to a church as a gift.
  • Pope Clement VII commissioned “The Last Judgment” from Michelangelo, which he worked on from 1534 to 1541.
  • The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel ceiling is 1720 square meters. Michelangelo took four years to paint 343 figures from the Bible and classical times.

There are many more interesting facts about Michelangelo. The above is a sample of the most interesting ones.


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