Happy Birthday Michelangelo!

//Happy Birthday Michelangelo!
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Michelangelo was born on 6 March 1475 in a Caprese  named afterwards Caprese Michelangelo – a little town in the remote countryside near Arezzo, south of Florence.

Caprese and Florence: Michelangelo there and back again

The Buonarroti family was living there at the time because Michelangelo’s father, Ludovico, had taken a Florentine government post in Caprese.

Some months later, the family went back to to the Florence area, where Michelangelo grew up, and where he will become one of the most important figures of his time…

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Michelangelo in Settignano, the “city of stone”

At that time babies were normally raised by nannies or nurses who would breastfeed them and also the little genius to be spent his first years with a nurse in Settignano, where the family owned a farm, on the hills around Florence.

Settignano’s Pietra Serena

Settignano for centuries was the town where the grey limestone, (the pietra serena, which decorates many Renaissance buildings in Florence) used to be excavated and carved by the local people.

Michelangelo probably developed his love for sculpture already in his early life when he could see the stonedressers at work in Settignano.

Later on in his life he liked to say that his love for sculpture and marbles had got into his blood already when he was a little child since he had been breastfed by a woman who was a daughter and wife of stone – cutters.

Ludovico sent his son to study grammar under the Humanist Francesco da Urbino, but he showed more interest in Arts than academy.

The dawn of a genius

In June 1487 he began his apprenticeship under the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio, who at that time was working at the frescoes for the family Tornabuoni in their chapel in Santa Maria Novella.

Recommended by Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo in 1490 was admitted to study the sculptures in the Garden of san Marco under the protection of Lorenzo de Medici.

From this time on he was captured by sculpture already, and just few years later he created wonderful masterpieces like the Pietà in the Vatican and the David in Florence!

Happy birthday Michelangelo!

By |2017-09-25T17:59:31+00:00March 6th, 2017|Discovering Florence|0 Comments

About the Author:

My passion for languages and travels led me to study languages, particularly English and German, first at the Language High School and the at the Translator and Interpreter School in Florence. I then graduated at the University of Pisa in Languages, with a specialization in History of Art. I have been active in the tourist sector for almost 20 years and since 1997 I have been working as a licensed tourist guide in Florence. I have lots of interests like, for example, travels, wines … and more…

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