On March 6th 1475 one of the greatest geniuses in the history of art was born. His name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. He is now known, simply, as Michelangelo.
‘I record that today, this 6th of March 1474*, a male child was born to me; I named him Michelagnolo; and he was born Monday morning four or five hours before dawn.’ So wrote Michelangelo's father, Ludovico. Michelangelo died in Rome on February 14th 1564, less than a month before his eighty-ninth birthday. Although Michelangelo spent the last thirty years of life in Rome, he wanted his mortal remains to be buried in Florence. His body was duly returned, where it was interred in the church of Santa Croce.
*According to the Florentine calendar, when the new year started on March 25th.
Tomb of Michelangelo undergoing restoration after the 1966 flood