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"I feel the world flying by and I need to catch it, to become part of its tides and currents."
―Michelangelo, in a letter to his father.[src]

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), simply known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer.

His skill was regarded so highly that he was often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal "Renaissance man", alongside his rival and fellow Tuscan, Leonardo da Vinci.


In the late 15th century, Michelangelo wrote a letter to his father, which was delivered to him in Tuscany by Ezio Auditore da Firenze.[1]

In the message, Michelangelo revealed that he had abandoned his schooling almost a week previous, as he had "felt the world flying by," and desired to be a part of it. He stated that he wanted to live up to his father's expectations, but also asked for his blessing to become an artist, an occupation his father greatly disapproved of.[1]

At that time, Domenico Ghirlandaio had just invited Michelangelo to join him as an apprentice, and Michelangelo praised the "masterful work" he had done in the Sistine Chapel, wishing he would be able to see it one day.[1]

By 1511, Michelangelo had become a good friend of Ezio Auditore.[2]



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