how did michelangelo die
Michelangelo put his signature on the Pietà (it was his first sculptural masterpiece and so good that no one believed it could have possibly come from such a young artist, so he inscribed his name on a sash running diagonally across the Virgin Mary’s chest). But after that he never signed another work of art. Instead, he would often paint himself into them. The most famous of these self-portraits is in The Last Judgment fresco that covers an entire wall of the Sistine Chapel. There, St. Bartholomew is holding the skin of a face that appears to be Michelangelo’s.
Today more than 25,000 people view the magnificent chapel every day. It seems as though Michelangelo got the last laugh.
3. He carved the “David” from a discarded block of marble.
Michelangelo was notoriously picky about the marble he used for his sculptures, yet for his famous “David” statue, he made use of a block that other artists had deemed unworkable. Known as “the Giant,” the massive slab had been quarried nearly 40 years earlier for a series of sculptures, eventually abandoned, for the Florence Cathedral. It had deteriorated and grown rough after years of exposure to the elements, and by the time Michelangelo began working with it in 1501, it already bore the chisel marks of more than one frustrated sculptor. Michelangelo eventually crafted the discarded block into one of his most luminous works, but recent analyses of the “David” have revealed that the poor quality of its stone may have caused it to degrade at a faster rate than most marble statues.
Laszlo Toth being removed from the Vatican after vandalizing the “Pieta”
In 1534, he moved permanently to Rome and worked for Pope Clement VII, who commissioned Michelangelo to paint a fresco of The Last Judgement on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel (1536-41). The fresco depicts the Second Coming of Christ and his Judgement of the souls.
In his novel Inferno, Dan Brown describes Michelangelo as follows:
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Given such attitudes, Galileo Galilei had no compunction in claiming that he was born on the day of Michelangelo’s death, thus reinforcing a pervasive contemporary belief that genius never dies but passes from one brilliant individual to the next. The conjunction between the two geniuses was enshrined in stone when the monument to Galileo was erected directly opposite that of his predecessor in the basilica of Sta. Croce in Florence. When next in Florence, pay homage to these two Florentine geniuses, but do not worry much about their birth and death dates.
As a young boy, Michelangelo was sent to Florence to study grammar under the Humanist Francesco da Urbino.   [b] However, he showed no interest in his schooling, preferring to copy paintings from churches and seek the company of other painters. 
Lorenzo de’ Medici’s death on 8 April 1492 brought a reversal of Michelangelo’s circumstances.  Michelangelo left the security of the Medici court and returned to his father’s house. In the following months he carved a polychrome wooden Crucifix (1493), as a gift to the prior of the Florentine church of Santo Spirito, which had allowed him to do some anatomical studies of the corpses from the church’s hospital.  This was the first of several instances during his career that Michelangelo studied anatomy by dissecting cadavers.