Talk about being a true Renaissance Man. Michelangelo actually lived through three of them. The renowned artist and sculptor, whose name is synonymous with creativity and almost indescribable talent, was born on March 6, 1475, and died on February 18, 1564, having experienced the High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, and Renaissance during his 91 years of life. And oh, what years they were.
The world-renowned sculptor, painter, and architect has been famous and relevant for over five centuries, single-handedly responsible for two of the most famous creations the world has seen.
Even though he wasn’t initially chosen to complete the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican in Rome, he created a masterpiece that draws millions of visitors every year to look up at his awe-inspiring creation. (If you look closely, you might actually see Michelangelo because he drew himself into it.)
Art experts and historians have said his work blended psychological insight, physical realism, and intensity never before seen. Guess what? We’ve never seen it again after his death either.
His influence knows no bounds because of his otherworldly talents that enthrall and mesmerize people of all generations on every corner of the globe.
Now let’s talk about David, a symbol of the Renaissance representing the city of Florence. Its size is overwhelming, standing almost two full stories, the size of an adult giraffe. He drew inspiration from the story of David in the Bible, the boy who slew Goliath with just a slingshot.
Michelangelo stands alone in influence, gaining millions of new fans who marvel at his talent each year.
Editors Note: Key historical and relevant factual data for this story was provided by Avana Zenner, Malini Aggarwall, and Hudson Pool, sophomores at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California.