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Michelangelo show in Rome lauds 'universal artist'

Published on May 27, 2014 11:14 PM

ROME (AFP) - A Michelangelo exhibition opened in Rome on Tuesday, highlighting the Renaissance master as a "universal artist" who brought his own brand of mysticism to a variety of art forms.

The show starts off with Madonna Of The Steps - a relief sculpture made by Michelangelo at the age of 15.

It brings together 150 works - busts, sketches, statues and oil paintings - by Michelangelo and his contemporaries.

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born in Arezzo in central Italy in 1475 and learnt his craft as a painter and sculptor in the workshop of Domenico and Davide Ghirlandaio in Florence.

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