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Michelangelo’s Life Born March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy Mother died when he was six Grew up without affection Father wanted him to be a merchant

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When I told my father that I wish to be an artist, he flew into a rage, 'artists are laborers, no better than shoemakers."

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Michelangelo’s Youth Apprenticed at age 12 to painter in Florence Lived with ruling Medici family in their palace Started working as a sculptor under Donatello Sculpted Bacchus

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Michelangelo wanted to learn about anatomy by studying corpses. The Catholic Church forbid it. He made an agreement with the Church that he could study bodies in return for a carved wooden crucifix. Studying bodies made him ill many times.

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Pieta at Saint Peter's Basilica

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Michelangelo did not want to paint. Pope Julius II insisted he paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It became Michelangelo’s greatest work. He painted scenes from the Old Testament.

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The Sistine Chapel

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The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

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God creates the Sun and Moon

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The Face of God

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Finger of God touching Adam’s finger

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God creates Eve

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Jacob and Joseph

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David and Goliath

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Pope Julius II commissioned him to build a magnificent tomb. Michelangelo worked on it for years, but did not finish the 40 statues ordered.

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Moses, the centerpiece of Pope Julius II’s tomb

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Michelangelo was commissioned to make the tombs for the Medici family.

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Statues of the Medici brothers

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Pope Paul VII Farnese asked him to paint a fresco of the Last Judgment which would be the largest painting in the world at that time.

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The Last Judgment

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Michelangelo’s last years were spent chiseling a last pieta. He wrote his best poetry near the end of his life. He was buried in Florence, Italy.

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Michelangelo died and his body was put in a sarcophagus in Rome. His nephew sneaked his body out of Rome and buried it in Florence where he wanted to be buried.

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