Early Life and Works
Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, a town near Florence, Italy. When Michelangelo was 13 he learned the elements of art with Domenico Ghirlandajo, a famous painter in Florence at the time.
Michelangelo later moved to Rome. There in 1498 he was asked to carve a pietà—an artwork that shows the Virgin Mary supporting the body of Jesus after his death. Michelangelo's Pietà is a large sculpture carved from one block of marble. It made Michelangelo famous.