A short history of Michelangelo

Source http://asv.vatican.va/en/doc/1550.htm

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on the 6th March 1475 at Caprese in Casentino (Tuscany) and he was the apprentice of the Florentine painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. After a year he began attending the school of the garden of St. Marco, founded by Lorenzo de’ Medici, where Michelangelo most likely trained to become a sculptor; during a fight at school, he broke his nasal septum and this caused him a lot of trouble for the rest of his life. In Autumn 1494, just before the expulsion of the Medici family, Michelangelo ran away from Florence and went to Venice and then to Bologna. In 1495, he returned to Florence for a short while, then he moved to Rome, where he stayed until the year 1500 (between 1497 and 1498, he went to the Carrara quarries to choose the marble for the Pietà). The artist was back in Florence between 1501 and 1504, where he sculptured the Statue of David, then he went to Rome (1505-1506) and to Bologna (1508). Once back in the Eternal City, he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel alone, without any assistants and in only four years (1509-1512). Of his intense artistic activity throughout the following years, we now wish to recall the Last Judgement (1536-1541), which made him famous and the city planning reorganization of Campidoglio Square.