Michealangelo is born on March 6 in Caprese, a village near Florence, during his father’s short term as mayor.
Michealangelo quits school and signs up for an apprenticeship as a painter with Domenico Ghirlandaio.
Michealangelo leaves Ghirlandaio’s workshop and starts to study sculpture in the gardens of Lorenzo de’ Medici where he sculpts his first works: The Madonna of the Stairs and the Battle of the Centaurs.
Christopher Columbus sets out on his first voyage to what came to be known as the New World.
Florence rebels against the leadership of Piero. Michelangelo flees the city, goes to Bologna. There, he sculpts three small statues for the tomb of San Domenico: St. Petronius, St .Proculus, and an Angel.
Michelangelo moves to Rome. There, he sells his first important work: the Bacchus and another Cupid. He makes his first trip to Carrara for marble.
Michealangelo sculpts the Pietà for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres.
Michelangelo returns to Florence, which has become a republic, where he begins the making of a colossal marble statue of David.
Roman Golden Age
Pope Julius II appointed Pope; start of the “Roman Golden Age”.
Work in Rome
Michelangelo is called to Rome to build a tomb for Pope Julius II. Then he spends nine months in Carrara, quarrying marble for it.