Michelangelo's World by Piero Ventura

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The two their sarcophagi, with rich in Lorenzo depicted meditative and Giuliano commanding. is mean- princes are seated in niches above On two shown as as being forceful and top of each of the two sar- nude figures that represented Dav and Night and Dawn and Dusk. I wanted to show the seasons of human existence, the polaritv between life and death, the faith in resurrection, and the contrast between man and cophagi woman. I set reclining enormous work was admired by everyone, the young duke Alessandro de' Medici Although treated forgive me my ence, and if "^i this with utter contempt.

Entine small, was During the war that broke out, the Flor- Republic rose up again and once more drove the Medicis from the city. Because Florence was expecting an attack bv the papal troops allied with the Medicis, city fortifications had to be strengthened. The Republic consequently named I, who tary me procurator-general and so hate war but love When architect. mv became city, Medicis the a mili- reconquered Florence, they immediately began a search for the leaders of the rebellion in order to execute them; although they looked high and low for me, hidden safely didn't at come out letters written Medici to the home of I was Although Michelangelo sketched plans for the faqade of the Church of San Lorenzo, the work was never done.

Mmij^htv, Adam and Hve, prophets and the ancient in excellent company. all alone \\ all ith the great sybils, all alone, yes, but Michelangelo protected San Miniato's tower from the cannonballs simply Medicis, who had fled returned in I bell \Mth bed mattresses artillery fire bounced Florence off. m 1 The 52 7, S30. f^ P' When Pope Julius II was on membered me and ordered me finish his ing statues the new cued I deathbed, he re- nephews to have tomb. But they thought the project was too grand, which expensive, so his his I is another had to reduce way of its size had alreadv begun to saying too by eliminat- sculpt.

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