“I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin’s; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived.” Michelangelo
On March 6, 1475 Michelangelo Buonarroti, was born. This child born in the small town of Caprese. He grew up in the town of Florence and at the age of 13, his talent as an artist was apparent. For two years beginning in 1490, he lived in the Medici palace, where he was a student of the sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni. He was a student of ancient Roman statuary. His talent as a sculpter allowed him to be commissioned at the age of 23 to undertake the task of creating THE PIETA.
It’s no wonder that this small man had hands gnarled by arthritis at a young age. Imagine the strength required to cut into solid marble with minimal tools.
This artist of the Renaissance was not only prolific in sculpture, but also known for his paintings, murals and frescoes, including the beautiful Biblical scenes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Later in life he was an architect as well as a poet – a true artist in every sense of the world and yet a faithful servant of the Lord. His huge body of work can be seen in churches and museums throughout Italy. His stunning poetry also shows honor to His God. He lived to the ripe old age of 88, which was quite astonishing for his day. He left the world a wonderful legacy and tribute to his Savior.