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.
Historical Events in the Life of Michelangelo
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 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