Challenging Leonardo (3)

Leonardo wasn’t the only painter in town Michelangelo had to think about. The news came from Angelo Doni, who knew how to hold a grudge. After Doni ended up paying twice the contracted amount for Michelangelo’s roundel, he commissioned a 21-year-old painter from Urbino, Raphael Sanzio, to paint portraits of him and his wife. Doni [...]

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Challenging Leonardo (2)

While Leonardo had a year’s head start on his battle scene drawings, Michelangelo was eager to catch up. He worked on his drawings from dawn till dusk and then, often, into the night. Leonardo had chosen a scene from the height of the battle, when the outcome still hung in the balance. He had seen [...]

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Challenging Leonardo (1)

Michelangelo couldn’t have showed up at Piero Soderini’s office at a more opportune time. Soderini had reached his wits’ end with Leonardo, who had reverted to his true nature and was several months late with his drawings for the Great Hall painting. Enraged, Soderini had demanded that Leonardo either hand over the finished drawings or [...]

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