Michelangelo was an Italian renaissance painter, sculptor, architect and poet. He is best known for works such the statue of David (which he completed at the age of just 29) and for painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Florence. He also designed the roof of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican city, but died before construction was completed.
He expressed great love both for men, such as the young Tommaso dei Cavalieri to whom he dedicated hundreds of sonnets, and women, such as Vittoria Colonna. A homoerotic element can be easily identified in his writing and his sculpture.