- NAME: Michelangelo
- OCCUPATION: Architect, Painter, Sculptor, Poet
- BIRTH DATE: March 06, 1475
- DEATH DATE: February 18, 1564
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Caprese (Republic of Florence), Italy
- PLACE OF DEATH: Rome, Italy
- Full Name: Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
- AKA: Michelangelo Buonarroti
- Nickname: "Father and Master of All the Arts"
- AKA: Michelangelo
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Michelangelo is widely regarded as the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance. Among his works are the David and Pieta statues and the Sistine Chapel frescoes.
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Their friendship remained a great solace to Michelangelo until Colonna's death in 1547. In 1532, Michelangelo developed an attachment to a young nobleman, Tommaso de'Cavalieri (scholars dispute whether this was a homosexual or paternal relationship).
Following a brief illness, Michelangelo died on February 18, 1564 -- just weeks before his 89th birthday -- at his home in Macel de'Corvi, Rome. A nephew bore his body back to Florence, where he was revered by the public as the "father and master of all the arts," and was laid to rest at the Basilica di Santa Croce -- his chosen place of burial.
Unlike many artists, Michelangelo achieved fame and wealth during his lifetime. He also had the peculiar distinction of living to see the publication of two biographies about his life (written by Giorgio Vasari and Ascanio Condivi). Appreciation of Michelangelo's artistic mastery has endured for centuries, and his name has become synonymous with the best of the Italian Renaissance.
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