Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was the full birth name of an artist who has become best known as Michelangelo in English-speaking languages.
Most Renaissance artists, particularly the Italians, had very long names which have become abbreviated over the years to something more manageable and memorable for art fans. Caravaggio, another highly skilled artist, also has Michelangelo in his birth name, but there is rarely any confusion between the two artist because his own name is generally abbreviated to simply, Caravaggio.
This website features a combination of galleries of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni's best work, as well as information on his life and career in further detail. There is a biography with general information and also soon a blog which will give latest news on the artist and other topics related to the Renaissance.
To cover other full names of artists, Leonardo da Vinci was born Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, whilst Raphael's full name was Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino. Michelangelo Merisi Amerighi da Caravaggio became known as Caravaggio which, as mentioned, helped to distinguish him from fellow artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.
For a more detailed understanding of the life and career of Michelangelo Buonarroti, please visit our biography.
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