One of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo, was born on this day, March 6, 1475 at Caprese, in Tuscany, Italy. When he turned 13 years old, he shocked his father when he told him he wanted to be an apprentice in the workshop of a painter. One year later, he went on to study at the sculpture school in the Medici gardens and was invited into the household of Lorenzo de’Medici, the Magnificent. There he conversed with the younger Medici, two of whom later became popes.
Michelangelo went on to become a sculptor, painter, architect, poet and engineer. His works rank among the most famous in existence. Two of his best-known sculptures, Pietà and David, were done before he turned 30 years old. The 14-foot marble statue of David took Michelangelo over three years to complete and can be found in Florence, Italy. His best-known mural painting is on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy. Working high above the chapel floor on scaffolding, Michelangelo painted over 300 figures taking over four years to complete.
In 1546, Michelangelo was appointed architect of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The dome of the Basilica was not completed until after his death in 1564. In December 2007, a red chalk sketch for the dome of St Peter’s Basilica, possibly the last made by him, was discovered in the Vatican archives. Today we hope you will celebrate this artist with “The Cheeps.”