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In the time of the Renaissance there were many artists but one really stood out to me, he was Michelangelo. He stood out the most to me because he had some of the most beautiful work I have ever seen. He painted some of the most beautiful building that is still around today. One of the most that I enjoyed looking at was the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It took him a lot of time to paint the entire building. I feel this was his best piece of art ever. He had many accomplishments that were outstanding.
The second of five brothers, Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475, at Caprese, in Tuscany, to Ludovico di Leonardo di Buonarotto Simoni and Francesca Neri. The same day, his father noted down: "Today March 6, 1475, a child of the male sex has been born to me and I have named him Michelangelo. He was born on Monday between 4 and 5 in the morning, at Caprese, where I am the Podestà." Although born in the small village of Caprese, Michelangelo always considered himself a "son of Florence," as did his father, "a Citizen of Florence." Buonarroti\'s mother, Francesca Neri, was too sick and frail to nurse Michelangelo, so he was placed with a wet nurse, in a family of stonecutters, where he, "sucked in the craft of hammer and chisel with my foster mother. When he told my father that he wished to be an artist, he flew into a rage, \'artists are laborers, no better than shoemakers." Buonarroti\'s mother died young, when the child was only six years old. But even before then, Michelangelo\'s childhood had been lacking affection, and he was always to retain a good position in his fatherís heart. Touchy and quick to respond with fierce words, he tended to keep to himself, out of shyness according to some but also, according to others, a lack of trust in his fellows. His father soon recognized the boy\'s intelligence and "anxious for him to learn his letters, sent him to the school of a master, Francesco Galeota from Urbino, who in that time taught grammar." While he studied the principles of Latin, Michelangelo made friends with a student, Francesco Granacci six years older than him, who was learning the art of painting in Ghirlandaio\'s studio and who encouraged Michelangelo to follow his own artistic vocation.
Michelangelo studied the human anatomy in order to make his painting more life like. In doing things the pictures looked and made the viewer feel that the picture was looking back. Studying the human anatomy was very typical among the Renaissance time period. To study the human anatomy he went a step further to study the corpses of the dead which was forbidden by The Church), the prior of the church of Santo Spirito, Niccolò Bichiellini, received a wooden crucifix from Michelangelo, it was a detailed view of Christís face. But his contact with the dead bodies caused problems with his health, obliging him to interrupt his activities periodically. Michelangelo produced at least two relief sculptures by the time he was 16 years old, the Battle of the Centaurs and the Madonna of the Stairs which show that he had achieved a personal style at a precocious age. In Michelangelo\'s personal diary he recounts his first two works: "My first work was a small bas-relief, The Madonna of the Stairs. Mary, Mother of God, sits on the rock of the church. The child curls back into her body. She foresees his death, and his return on the stairway to heaven. "My second work, another small relief. My tutor read me the myth of the battle of the Lapiths against the Centaurs. The wild forces of Life locked in heroic combat. "Already at 16, his mind was a battlefield: his love of pagan beauty, the male nude, at war with his own religious faith. A polarity of themes and forms...one spiritual, the other earthly, I\'ve kept these carvings on the walls of my studio to this very day."
I feel that Michelangelo had many great pieces of art, The Pieta, The David sculpture, and Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. I liked this piece the best because of the size and time it took to create