Michelangelo is a true inspiration amongst artist. He is one of the greatest artists of all time, and has hundreds of famous masterpieces throughout the world. He is most famous for his work and contributions to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy.He was born on March 6, 1475 in Tuscany, Italy, but raised in Florence, Italy. He was the second of five brothers, and his mother died when he was very young. He was raised by his father, who recognized his intelligence at an early age and put him in school. In school, Michelangelo studied Latin, and developed a passion for art. Friend and fellow student, Francesco Granacci, encouraged Michelangelo to take his passion for art and painting to the next level. Michelangelo’s father was not happy with Michelangelo’s career path he choose. Going against his father’s wishes, he apprenticed painter Domenico Ghirlandaio and eventually went to sculpture school when he was about 14 years old. Also in school he study the anatomy of the human body, and saw it as a beautiful form of art, as highlighted in many of his masterpieces.
In 1508, after years of building his skills, he started to paint the Sistine Chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica. He finished his most famous masterpiece in 1512. Some of his other famous works and statues include Pieta, David, and The Tomb of Julius II, which can also be found in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.