Multidisciplinary artistMichelangelo is considered one of the greatest artists in world history. Along with Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, he is regarded as one of the three most remarkable Renaissance artists. He was an artist of many talents, painting, sculpting, creating architectural designs and writing poetry. In his seemingly fulfilled life as an artist, he remained an unfulfilled human being, lacking familial warmth, love, and an unconditional sense of self-worth.
1.His real name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.
He was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Tuscany, in the province of Arezzo.
2.The family Buonarroti Simoni was one of the old Florentine families.
When Michelangelo was a few weeks old infant, the family moved to Florence.
3.His parents were Francesca di Neri di Miniato del Sera and Lodovico Michelangelo Buonarroti Simoni.
His mother died when Michelangelo was six years old. She left five sons as orphans. The father remarried, but the second wife was unable to establish a close relationship with her stepchildren. She died rather quickly and the boys were left alone with their father.
4.Lodovico was not interested in the children, for whom he was cold and strict, especially Michelangelo.
Unfortunately, the father was a man whose only interest in life was money, which he wasn't able to earn. He dreamed of a life of wealth and abundance, which he believed was justified by his noble birth (the family was supposedly related to the Counts of Canossa).
5.Lodovico felt that he was special because of his count connections.
His family pride and love of spending money passed on to his children.
6.Michelangelo showed artistic interests at a young age.
However, it was unthinkable for his father to profit from being an artist.
7.The son overcame his father's resistance and entered the studio of Domenico Ghirlandaio, a famous Florentine painter at the age of thirteen.
He learned the fresco painting technique from him and seemed to have discovered his vocation, but then he became fascinated by sculpture. Again he had to convince his father to change his decisions.
8.After a year of apprenticeship in a painter's studio, he moved to the studio of the sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni.
Bertoldo di Giovanni managed the Medici collection and introduced Michelangelo to the ruler of Florence, Lorenzo de' Medici - one of the most influential politicians of the Renaissance as well as a writer, patron of the arts, poet and humanist. He remained at his court for two years, from 1490 to 1492.
9.When he achieved his first successes as a young boy, his father was only interested in whether money could be made from his work.
To his father and brothers, he became the fulfillment of their dreams of a wealthy life. In their opinion, he should do everything to satisfy his relatives' needs. The demands on him grew. He was accused of not doing what could make the family enough money. Michelangelo never felt valued, mattering in the family. He worked hard to prove to his father and brothers that he was worthy of their love.
10.Michelangelo was given special care at the Medici court by Lorenzo de'Medici, who was interested in his work.
He provided him with an apartment on the palace grounds, an education, and a steady salary.