The Life of Michealangelo

Events

Birth

1475

Michealangelo is born on March 6 in Caprese, a village near Florence, during his father’s short term as mayor.

Apprenticeship

1488

Michealangelo quits school and signs up for an apprenticeship as a painter with Domenico Ghirlandaio.

First Works

1489

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

1492

Christopher Columbus sets out on his first voyage to what came to be known as the New World.

Florence

1495

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.

Rome

1497

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.

Pietà

1498

Michealangelo sculpts the Pietà for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres.

David

1502

Michelangelo returns to Florence, which has become a republic, where he begins the making of a colossal marble statue of David.

Roman Golden Age

1503

Pope Julius II appointed Pope; start of the “Roman Golden Age”.

Work in Rome

1505

Michelangelo is called to Rome to build a tomb for Pope Julius II. Then he spends nine months in Carrara, quarrying marble for it.