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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Jesus, Mary, and Joseph (1)

Julius slowly made his way up the stairs to the scaffold. He wanted to see the ceiling one last time before he left. For all he knew, it might be the last time he saw the work. And what would happen to the ceiling if he died? Only God knew. Julius didn’t feel confident that [...]

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Creation of Eve (2)

The Venetians thought Pope Julius’s plan to take on the French in a two-front war was crazy. Nevertheless, they reasoned it was best to join him — particularly since his soldiers would have to do most of the fighting. The war began in the east, where Cardinal Alidosi led the papal troops into the Duchy [...]

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