1475 - 1564

Photo of Michelangelo

Icon of person Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (Italian: [mikeˈlandʒelo di lodoˈviːko ˌbwɔnarˈrɔːti siˈmoːni]; 6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), known mononymously as Michelangelo (English: ), was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance. Born in the Republic of Florence, his work was inspired by models from classical antiquity and had a lasting influence on Western art. Michelangelo's creative abilities and mastery in a range of artistic arenas define him as an archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and elder contemporary, Leonardo da Vinci. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michelangelo has received more than 16,552,621 page views. His biography is available in 204 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 199 in 2019). Michelangelo is the 2nd most popular painter (down from 1st in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Italy (up from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Italian Painter.

Michelangelo is most famous for his paintings of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

Memorability Metrics

  • 17M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 90.81

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 204

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 13.91

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.34

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among painters, Michelangelo ranks 2 out of 2,023Before him are Vincent van Gogh. After him are Pablo Picasso, Raphael, Rembrandt, Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Albrecht Dürer, Edvard Munch, Peter Paul Rubens, Frida Kahlo, and Caravaggio.

Most Popular Painters in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1475, Michelangelo ranks 1After him are Pope Leo X, Cesare Borgia, Paolo Uccello, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Diego de Almagro, Sebastiano Serlio, Bernardino Luini, Beatrice d'Este, Afonso, Prince of Portugal, Luis Ramírez de Lucena, and Maximus the Greek. Among people deceased in 1564, Michelangelo ranks 1After him are John Calvin, Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, Andreas Vesalius, Matrakçı Nasuh, Pierre Belon, Rani Durgavati, Sabina of Bavaria, Charles Estienne, Giovanni da Udine, Theodore Bibliander, and Martim Afonso de Sousa.

Others Born in 1475

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1564

Go to all Rankings

In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Michelangelo ranks 6 out of 5,161Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Marco Polo (1254), Galileo Galilei (1564), Christopher Columbus (1451), and Julius Caesar (-100). After him are Archimedes (-287), Dante Alighieri (1265), Augustus (-63), Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), and Niccolò Machiavelli (1469).

Among PAINTERS In Italy

Among painters born in Italy, Michelangelo ranks 1After him are Raphael (1483), Caravaggio (1571), Sandro Botticelli (1445), Titian (1488), Donatello (1386), Giotto (1267), Masaccio (1401), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), Tintoretto (1518), Paolo Veronese (1528), and Andrea del Verrocchio (1435).