Michelangelo was an Italian artist who lived from 1475-1564. He was the
second of five brothers, born in Tuscany. He was a sculptor, painter,
architect, and poet. He is considered to be one of the greatest Western
artists of all time. He was especially gifted at using art to express
human emotions and meaning. Michelangelo lived and worked during the
Renaissance, a period of European history when many discoveries and
innovations in art, science, and technology were made.
When Michelangelo turned 13 years old, he shocked his father when he
told him that he had agreed to apprentice to the painter Domenico
Ghirlandaio. He studied the technique of fresco painting.
Michelangelo then went on to study at the sculpture school in the Medici
gardens and then apprenticed in the household of Lorenzo de Medici, the