On this day in 1475, the famous Italian painter Michelangelo was born. Raised near Florence, he quickly showed his talent for the arts, and quickly became a favorite of the Medicis, the ruling family of Florence. He sculpted works of art such as the David before he was thirty, and went on to paint such famous pieces such as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His other notable works include Madonna and Child. Michelangelo, despite being the prolific artist that he was, had no contact with either Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, despite their being the other two greatest artists of the Renaissance. He died at the age of eighty-eight, in Rome, then part of the Papal States, but taken to be buried in his native Florence.
“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”-Michelangelo