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A Defiant Pope (2)

On the long ride back to Rome, Michelangelo considered how it would be to resume work on the pope’s tomb. He hadn’t lifted a hammer and chisel in four years. He imagined feeling the pounding in his hands, the white mud clinging to his arms, the smell of stone dust. Yes, it had been too […]

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Flight from Rome (1)

Pope Julius was true to his word: he refused all payments to Michelangelo. He also sent Michelangelo a rent bill for the use of the workshop on Piazza Rusticucci. Michelangelo had used up some of his savings to pay for his expenses in Rome, and his father had spent the rest in Florence on another […]

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Defying a Pope (3)

When Michelangelo failed to show up with a plan for the Sistine Chapel after one week, Julius fired off a blistering letter ordering the artist to deliver his drawings for the 12 apostles. Michelangelo didn’t respond. Another week passed. Julius seethed. If he allowed one person to defy him, everyone would try. It would be Venice […]

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