The typical stereotype of artists of the past, is a lonely, tormented outsider, who creates his art through his pain and anguish. Well Michelangelo was just that. In fact the stereotype is modeled after him. He was an unsociable loner who didn't have many friends, lovers, or even assistants to help him. His temper and rudeness drove others away from him and kept him lonely. However, even though he was not the most likeable or social guy, he still produced some of the most amazing artwork ever! In fact, although he was lonely and tortured, out of all the artists to have ever lived, Michelangelo Buonarrati is one of the most prominent ever, and possibly the best.
Although Michelangelo was born March 6 1475 in Caprice, Tuscany, his dad and himself always considered him a "son of Florence". He was born of Ludovicio Buonarroti, his father, and Francesca Neri, his mother. However, Michelangelo never mentioned or credited his mother, for she was too sick and frail to nurse him and died when he was only six. As a result he was placed with a wet Nurse in a family of stone cutters. This is where he had his first dreams of being an artist. Because Michelangelo had a grim and unaffectionate childhood, he tended to keep to himself and created a lack of trust with his peers. Nonetheless, his father recognized his intelligence and sent him to the school of Francesco Galeoto. While there, he studied Latin principles and made friends with Francesco Granacci, who convinced him to follow his own artistic vocation. He then apprenticed under Domencio Ghirlandaio at the age of thirteen after learning the art of fresco. A year later he at the sculpture school in the Medici gardens and soon after was invited to the household of Lorenzo de' Medici, the "Magnificent". There he met two younger Medici who would later become Pope Leo X and Pope Clement VII(www.Michelangelo.com). He also produced his first