Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in 1574 in a small town near Florence called Caprese. He was considered to be one of the most inspiring men who ever lived. His father, Ludovico Buonarroti had major connections with the ruling Medici family. At the age of thirteen, Michelangelo was invited to go live in the court of Lorenzo de"Medici where he met future Popes Leo X and Clement VII and Marsilio Ficino. While he was sixteen, he had already started working on two sculptures, The Battle of the Centaurs, and the Madonna of the Stairs. .
After his teacher had died, and an expulsion of the Medici family, he then moved back to Florence. Although he had then settled in Florence, he moved to Balogna to finish statues for Arca di San Deomenico in the Church of San Domenico, which was a shrine. He then moved to Rome to study the uncharted parts of the Roman Ruins.
Bacchus was the first larger-than-life-sized sculpture. He got the idea from the pagan Roman god. At around the same time, he made one of his greatest masterpieces, La Pieta, or better known as just, the Pieta. This painting showed the Blessed Mother ( Madonna ) as restrained in her grief, but with real human like expressions.
He then created another masterpiece, and one of his most known, David. This sculpture represents biblical David waiting for his foe, Goliath, thus showing he was the greatest artist of his time.
After finishing David, Julius II summoned Michelangelo to Rome to work on his other most famous project, the Sistine Chapel. Some of the scenes on the Sistine Chapel are: God separating Light from Darkness, the Creation of Adam, The Creation of Eve, Temptation and Fall of Adam and Eve, and the Flood.
While he was working on the Sistine Chapel, the pope asked him to design his tomb for him. This tomb was put in St. Peters Basilica, with 40 figures in the tomb.
Since the pope was starting to get low on funds, he then asked Michelangelo to go and finish the Sistine Chapel instead.