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Medici Return to Florence

As Cardinal de’ Medici led the Spanish column slowly toward Florence, Piero Soderini struggled with a troubling decision. He knew if he resigned his office as gonfaloniere, he faced immediate exile, possible torture, and even death. Yet if he chose to stay and fight, the city would likely suffer a long humiliating siege, one that […]

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Do You Not Know?

When Cardinal de’ Medici arrived at the workshop, Michelangelo was surprised, but he greeted his old friend warmly. The cardinal began by talking about growing up together in the Medici Palace. “Do you remember that huge ice statue Piero had you carve? In the garden?” asked Giovanni. Michelangelo smiled. “How could I forget? Your brother’s […]

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The Garden of Eden (1)

Michelangelo thought a great deal about the story of original sin and how to portray it on the ceiling. He reread the story often while he worked on his drawings. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really […]

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