Full Name: Michelangelo [Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni]
Why Famous: Considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Most celebrated for the paintings in the Sistine Chapel and his statue of David, he made countess other masterpieces.
- 1498-08-26 Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.
- 1503-09-13 Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.
- 1504-09-08 Michelangelo's statue of David is unveiled in Florence
- 1512-11-01 Michelangelo's paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel in the Vatican first exhibited
- 1541-10-31 Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican
- 1644-06-11 Florentine scientist Evangelista Torricelli describes his invention of the mercury barometer in 1643 in a letter to Michelangelo Ricci
- 1972-05-21 Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.
- 1998-01-28 Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million