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Italian painter, sculptor, poet and architect (6/3 / 1475-18 / 2/1564). One of the biggest names in the Renaissance. Born in Caprese, near Arezzo, at the age of 13 joins as an apprentice in the workshop of painter Ghirlandaio, one of the main masters of the Florentine Quattrocento.
In 1489, he entered the Florence School of Sculpture and remained there until the death of Lorenzo de Medici, his patron and friend, in 1492. During this period he converted to the ideals of beauty and philosophical conceptions of ancient Greece.
Study the Greek and Roman sculptures from the Medici collection and learn human anatomy. In 1496 goes to Rome. Sorry to Pietà, which is still today in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Back in Florence in 1501 makes the statue David. In 1505 Pope Julius II commissioned his grave.
The artist spends eight months choosing marbles for the mausoleum, but does not finish the project. After the Pope's death in 1513, he carved two large statues, moisés and The slaves. From 1508 to 1512 paints the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with scenes from the Old Testament.
Named the first architect, painter and sculptor of the Vatican by Pope Paul III, he designs the enormous dome of St. Peter's Basilica. Already at the end of life is devoted mainly to architecture. Dies in Rome.