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Michelangelo (1475-1564) In this research project about Michelangelo I am going to talk mostly about his statues and the painting of the Sistine chapel. I feel that these are the works of art that are really important in his life. The Sistine chapel in my opinion is his greatest work of art that was painted. I think that these are some of the more important things in this excellent artists life, and I hope to explain why he is so unique.

Michelangelo was born on March 6th, 1475 in Caprese, Italy.

Mihelangelo's mother died when he was only 6 years old. This must have made his childhood a lot harder on him. At the age of 13 Michelangelo was apprenticed to Domenico Ghirlandaio (the painter with the most fashion in all of France). Michelangelo went to school in the gardens of the Medici family, where he was recognized as a very smart student.

Michelangelo completed his first sculpture at the age of 17, known as "bacchis." In his time from life to death he made a tremendous number of Statues and paintings in his time. Although Michelangelo completed some of the finest paintings, he didn't think of himself as a painter, but as a sculptor. His most magnificent sculpture was called David. This sculpture was made in the year 1501, and was placed in front of "The Palazzo Della Signoria." Michelangelo carved "David" out of marble that had been used 40 years before. He refused to accept any help making "David," because he wanted all of the credit. David is a man that is standing in a relaxed position, and Michelangelo did a magnificent job on carving this pose. He is very good at showing definition and all of the other things to make this statue look so lifelike.