On this day, March 6, 1475 — 539 years ago — the sensational Renaissance artist Michelangelo (di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni) was born in Caprese, Italy. Michelangelo first became an apprentice to a painter before studying sculpture. By age 25, he sculpted in Carrara marble the "Pieta," which depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the crucifixion. By age 29, he had completed the 17 foot marble statue of "David." Both famous sculptures reflected Michelangelo's study of cadavers that allowed him to understand the intricacies of the human body.
Michelangelo spent years painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the site where Popes are selected. Here is a link to a virtual 3D tour of the Sistine Chapel that highlights Michelangelo's painting work.
Below are "Pieta" and "David" sculptures.