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Sforza Chapel, at Rome, Italy, 1558.

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(b. Caprese, Italy 1475; d. Rome, Italy 1564)

Painter, sculptor, and architect, Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in Caprese, near Florence, Italy in 1475. He trained as a sculptor and painter before establishing himself as an architect much later in his career. In 1515 he became involved with a series of papal commissions that would continue almost without break until his death.

Although a Renaissance artist, Michelangelo generated sculptural detailing that marked the beginning of the Baroque and the end of purely classical architecture. Michelangelo emphasized visual effect over the structural logic of a design. He always subordinated invention to the needs of overall composition, which to Michelangelo was analogous with the symmetry and articulation of the human body.

Considered one of the key innovators of the sixteenth century and a fountainhead of inspiration for post-Renaissance architects, Michelangelo rejected the restrictions of classical design theory and generated a more imaginative approach to architectural composition.

Michelangelo died in Rome in 1564.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p108.

Resources Sources on Michelangelo

Michelangelo (art and ideas). Anthony Hughes . Phaidon Press Inc., March 1998. ISBN 0714834831. — Available at

Biography : Michelangelo. A & E Biography. VHS-NTSC format video tape. ISBN 6303501087. — Video - Available at

Art & Splendor - Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. 1996. VHS-NTSC format video tape. ISBN 6304190565. — Video - Available at   Find books about Michelangelo

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