Born March 6, 1475, Caprese,
Republic of Florence (Italy)
Died Feb. 18, 1564, Rome, Papal States
Michelangelo Buonarroti was
considered the greatest living artist of his time. Michelangelo's
genius was technical skill, understanding anatomy and movement, and
an ability to show emotion in his art. He changed the course of
painting and sculpture in Europe.
Michelangelo made his sculptures out
of marble by chiseling the shape out of a marble block. He had to
know exactly what shape he wanted to make because you can't fix
mistakes on marble.