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with salvation. Michelangelo's crowning achievement as an architect was his work at St. Peter's Basilica, where he was named chief architect in 1546.
As he grew old, Michelangelo wished more and more to be alone. He needed solitude and silence was a blessing to him and night his friend. Michelangelo Buonarroti died on February 18, 1564. Michelangelo was acclaimed by his contemporaries who acknowledge him as the greatest artist of all time. He greatly influenced the art of his century and was admired without reserve by some and hated by others, and honored by popes, emperors, princes, and poets.