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1) What year was Michelangelo born?

Michelangelo was born near Arezzo on March 6, 1475.

2) What was the name of the young rival who struck Michelangelo in the face with a mallet?

While studying at the Academy of Ancient Art in the Medici Palace, Michelangelo was struck with a mallet by his rival, Torregiano, crushing his nose and disfiguring him for life.

3) In the Sistene Chapel, within the ring of prophets and sybils are nine panels on biblical history. Three are devoted to the Creation, three to the story of Adam and Eve, and three to what other biblical event?

In the Sistine Chapel, within the ring of prophets and sybils are nine panels on biblical history. Three panels are devoted to the Creation, three to the story of Adam and Eve, and three to the story of Noah and the great flood.

4) What is significant about the serpent from the story of the Fall of Man as Michelangelo depicted it in the Sistine Chapel?

Although the serpent in the Fall of Man is presumed to be Satan, Michelangelo depicted it with a woman's head and breasts.

5) What did Michelangelo design for the city of Florence?

In 1527, the citizens of Michelangelo's native Florence expelled the ruling Medici family and installed a republican government. Despite being in the employ of the Medici Pope Clement VII, Michelangelo backed the republican cause and was appointed Chief of Fortifications. He took the job seriously, suspending work on the Medici Chapel and devoting himself entirely to the defense of Florence. His bulwarks later proved a significant obstacle when the Pope's forces arrived to reclaim the city, and Florence survived 10 months under siege before finally falling in August 1530.

6) What part of Michelangelo's David was removed by a vandal?

In 1991, a chisel-wielding vandal hammered off part of a toe on David's left foot.

7) Although Michelangelo never married, he had a "special relationship" with what woman?

Michelangelo had a special relationship with Vittoria Colonna, who lived in a convent but often went to Rome to visit Michelangelo and discuss with him poetry and religion. She inspired some of Michelangelo's finest poetry and several of his images of Mary are believed to be based on her appearance. It was a terrible blow to him when she died in 1547.

8) What was on the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel before Michelangelo began painting?

The previous fresco on the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel by Piero Matteo D'Amelia depicted a simulation of a starry sky.

9) How many Catholic Popes commissioned artwork from Michelangelo?

Beginning in 1505, Michelangelo worked for nine consecutive Catholic pontiffs from Julius II to Pius IV. His breadth of work for the Vatican was vast, and included everything from crafting ornamental knobs for the papal bed to spending four grueling years painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

10) In which sculpture did Michelangelo include a likeness of himself?

The Deposition (also called the Florentine Pietà or The Lamentation over the Dead Christ) depicts four figures: the dead body of Jesus Christ, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary. The face of Nicodemus is generally considered to be a self-portrait of Michelangelo. According to Vasari, the artist made this sculpture to decorate his own tomb.