Renaissance celebs jostle for precedence in the pantheon of Tuscan artists, but one wins every time: Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), super-star sculptor, painter and architect, with more masterpieces under his belt than any other artist (either before or after). The artist reveled in wholesale admiration of his classically inspired work in the 15th century as one of Lorenzo de’ Medici’s ‘chosen few’ protégées – until 1494 when the Medici were driven out of Florence. The Renaissance city was purged of its exquisite finery and art by religious reformist Savonarola: several rare Michelangelos allegedly went up in flames in the monk’s infamous ‘Bonfire of Vanities’. Ouch. Michelangelo himself hid in the basement of San Lorenzo church then roamed Italy, carving a frowned-upon Bacchus in Rome that only fired up the sculptor to make a bigger and still more sensuous statue in 1501 - of a nude warrior everyone loves called David.