Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, better known as simply Michelangelo, is considered by many to be one of the greatest artistic geniuses of all time, despite his anti-social personality. Raised in Florence, Italy, Michelangelo painted frescos for the Sistine Chapel, sculpted the famous David and much more all before turning thirty. Yet he was a reclusive artist who preferred to march by the beat of his own drum, even going so far as to initially resisting the commission of painting the famous chapel dome.
Unlike many artists, Michelangelo received critical fame and success during his lifetime. Often referred to as "the divine," he and his works were beloved by many. In addition to paintings and sculptures, Michelangelo also dabbled in poetry and resurrected walls after a violent uprising in his home village. Learn more about his fascinating life, incredible works of art and legacy he left behind.