Did you know that not only was Michelangelo a gifted sculptor, painter, architect and poet, he was also an aristocrat who firmly believed in the ancient and noble origins of his family? In fact, this belief in his patrician status fueled Michelangelo’s lifelong ambition to improve his family’s financial situation and to raise the social standing of artists. And his ambitions were quite evident in his writing, dress, and comportment, as well as in his ability to befriend, influence, and occasionally say ‘no’ to popes, kings, and princes.
In Michelangelo, William E. Wallace offers a view of the artist written from the words of Michelangelo as well as his contemporaries. This biography not only tells the artist’s own stories but also brings to life the culture and society of Renaissance Florence and Rome.
We are giving away one copy of this book. Please comment for a chance to win in response to this question: What is your favorite work by Michelangelo? Contest is open until December 9, 2009 midnight Eastern time. Sorry, but at this time we can only send books to U.S. contest winners. Good luck!