Oil painting reproduction: Michelangelo Buonarroti Tomb of Pope Julius II - Artisoo.com
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in the Tuscan town of Caprese, the second of five sons. He grew up in Florence. At the age of thirteen he was apprenticed to the painter Domenico del Ghirlandaio, in whose workshop he learned the rudiments of fresco painting and studied drawings of classical monuments. After approximately a year, Michelangelo joined the household of Lorenzo the Magnificent, where he came into contact with the Neo-platonic philosophers and was given the opportunity to study sculpture with Bertoldo di Giovanni, a pupil of Donatello. After Lorenzo died in 1492, Michelangelo was in Florence, where he fell under the spell of the charismatic preacher Fra Girolamo Savonarola. The preacher''s execution for heresy in 1498 had a traumatic effect on Michelangelo.