Michelangelo (di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni)
(March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564)
Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who
had a great influence on the development of Western Art. Michelangelo was
considered the the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and ever since then he
has been held to be one of the greatest artists of all time. A number of his
works in painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous
in existence, such the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome (below).