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The Met stated, during Michelangelo’s lifetime, his skills as an artist across various mediums (drawing, design, painting and sculpture) earned him the title among his contemporaries of “Il Divino” (“The Divine One”). Among the exhibit’s highlights will be the Renaissance master’s earliest known painting The Torment of Saint Anthony, a striking depiction of demons attacking the early Christian figure that Michelangelo created when he was just 12 or 13 years old. Other planned works include a cartoon the artist drew for his final Vatican Palace fresco and a series of drawings he created for his friend and possible romance Tommaso de Cavalieri.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) was a Florentine sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered to be the greatest living artist during his lifetime, he has since been described as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and fellow Florentine Medici client, Leonardo da Vinci. A number of Michelangelo’s works of painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in every field of interest was prodigious; given the sheer volume of surviving correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. He sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty. Michelangelo also created two of the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome which includes The Creation of Adam, and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. As an architect, Michelangelo pioneered the Mannerist style at the Laurentian Library. At the age of 74, he succeeded Antonio da Sangallo the Younger as the architect of St. Peter’s Basilica. In his lifetime he was known as “Il Divino” (“The Divine One”).