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The second of five sons of Lodovico di Lionardo Buonarroti-Simoni and Francesca di Neri di Miniato del Sera, Michelangelo's earliest years were not spent in the Buonarroti home. His mother could not nurse him so the infant was sent to a wet nurse who was a woman of a stone-cutter's family, the Toppolinos. His mother's health deteriorated over the next few years, complicated by the addition of a new baby about every year. She died when her son was six years old. He remained with the Toppollinos for about four more years until, at the age of ten, he returned to his father's house and met his father's new wife.

Lodovico wanted his son to go to school and become a merchant, but his son had developed a taste for art and wanted to be an artist. His father had no use for art and insisted that...

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