LIFE OF MICHELANGELO
Michelangelo is the greatest example of the artist totally dedi¬cated to his calling, who reached the heights of excellence in sculpture, painting, architecture, and poetry. Above all, he was a devout Catholic who put his talents in the service of the Church and left the world an immortal legacy.
Here is the full story of Michelangelo’s life and works, set among the wars and intrigues of Renaissance Italy: the sculpting of the David, the Pietà, and the Moses; the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Last Judgment; the building of St. Peter’s and much more. A whole era comes vividly to life in these pages: Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Lorenzo the Magnificent; Julius II, the war¬rior Pope who wanted to be shown with a sword in his hand rather than a book; Paul III, who wanted Michelangelo’s services for thirty years and would let nothing stop him; Cosimo de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Florence, and many more.
There are many modern biographies of Michelangelo, but all of them use this Life as a major source. And no wonder: Giorgio Vasari, the author, was a friend and confidant of Michelangelo. Himself an important painter and architect, he worked with Michelangelo and understood his genius. He carefully researched this Life, using all the sources available to him, including Michelangelo’s letters, plans, and conversations. The result is a vivid and balanced portrait of a great artist and a great man.
About the Author: Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) was born in Arezzo, Italy. He is best known as the author of The Lives of the Artists (1st edition, 1550; revised edition, 1568), from which this Life is taken. Besides being a painter, he was the chief archi¬tect of Duke Cosimo de’ Medici and designed the Uffizi Palace. In 1571, Pope Pius V made him a Knight of the Golden Spur of the Order of St. Peter.