Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in the Tuscan town of Caprese. He was Ghirlandaio's pupil in Florence and was inspired by the works of the artists of the traditional Florentine school including Giotto and Masaccio. He later devoted himself to sculpture and already imposed himself on the artistic scene of the time as an artist of unparalleled talent, so much so that he was soon noticed by Lorenzo de Medici, who decided to take him under his protective wing. Between 1946 and 1501, Michelangelo lived in Rome and created, among other wonders, the famous Pietà. His fame grew with the creation of the statue of David in Florence, when the artist was just 30 years old. Later he received his first orders as a sculptor for the realization of the project of the tomb of Julius II, and as a painter. In particular in 1508, he was commissioned to create the frescos for the vault of the Sixtine Chapel. This work lasted until 1512. In 1534, Michelangelo settled permanently in Rome and dedicated his life to architecture, undertaking the direction of the St. Peter's Basilica. He died in Rome on February 18, 1564.
With Leonardo di Vinci, he was one of the greatest artists of the High Renaissance and demonstrated multiple talents: architecture, painting, sculpture and poetry. Michelangelo's works remain to this day one of the highest examples of works created during the Renaissance period.