Michelangelo (1475 – 1564), whose full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet. Showing no interest in the study of grammar, Michelangelo was apprenticed to an Italian Renaissance painter at the age of thirteen. He later attended the Humanist Academy, founded by Lorenzo de’ Medici, where his work and outlook were influenced by many of the most prominent philosophers and writers of the day. Michelangelo exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. A number of his works of painting, sculpture and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. He sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty.
Quotes by Michelangelo…
The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows.
Genius is eternal patience.
My unassisted heart is barren clay,
That of its native self can nothing feed.
Of Good and pious works Thou art the seed,
That quickens only where Thou sayest it may.
Unless Thou show to us Thine own true way,
No man can find it.
Father! Thou must lead.
The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.