The origins of Michelangelo

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The origins of Michelangelo

In 1474-1475, Ludovico Leonardo Buonarroti Simoni was a magistrate in the town of Caprese Michelangelo.

A signed document, found in 1875 in the Buonarroti archive in Florence, attests the birth of his son Michelangelo Buonarroti in Caprese on March 6th 1475, the mother was Francesca di Miniato del Sere, he was baptised in the Church of St. John the Baptist. For this reason, the Palazzo Podestà is considered the birthplace of the artist.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was born here, in a "humble little bedroom" as the inscription on the house says, between the rocks of Sasso di S. Francesco and the River Siniger, and was destined to reveal his art to the world.  When he was only one month old he was looked after by the wife of a stonemason in Settigriano: which just shows how his destiny was marked from an early age.

He lost his mother when he was six, his father wished him to become a literary a man, but Michelangelo (who did write some beautiful rhymes) went to become an apprentice in the workshop of Ghirlandaio, a Florentine painter.

And everything else is history (not just art).