- Born: March 6, 1475
- Died: February 18, 1564
- Known For: The Creation of Adam and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, as well as the sculpture of David.
Along with Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo is one of the most iconic Renaissance Men. Perhaps the three most recognizable works of art in the world are da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, da Vinci’s Last Supper, and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam (to the right).
Other works of note by Michelangelo include the statue of David, the Pieta (which is a marble statue of Mary holding Jesus after the Crucifixion), the rest of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and various other iconic religious pieces.
But even beyond his magnificent paintings and sculptures, Michelangelo was known for his poetry, his architecture skill, and his work in engineering. As an architect he had many building designs in Florence, the most famous being the Laurentian Library and the Medici Chapel.
Michelangelo remains one of the most influential artists and thinkers of the “high Renaissance” time period. It gained him so much critical acclaim that he even got to be a Ninja Turtle! Most of his work is still in perfect condition and he is considered the most documented artist of the 16th century.