Going Home to Florence (3)

“You say you’re finally ready to paint the Great Hall,” said Soderini slowly. “It should take me no more than six months to paint,” Michelangelo assured him and Machiavelli, who was sitting nearby. “I can be finished by spring.” “Does that mean your work in Rome is done? God knows, whenever there has been work [...]

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Going Home to Florence (2)

As usual, Michelangelo was warmly welcomed by his family at home in Florence. “It’s good to have you here again, son,” Lodovico said. He was wearing a new fine silk robe, and he rubbed the material between his fingers. “We’ll have a great feast to celebrate your return. Also, there are several properties south of [...]

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David and Judith (1)

By early June it had become so hot on the scaffold that Michelangelo began painting in the nude. The sweat rolled down his arms, torso, and legs, soaking the wood planks he stood on. The humidity made his work nearly impossible because the plaster was slower to dry, which made it easier for the paint [...]

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