I Michelangelo: The Myth and the Man
Michael, more than mortal man, angel divine . . .
—Ariosto, Orlando Furioso
I. MICHAEL, MORE THAN MORTAL MAN, ANGEL DIVINE
In the spring of 1548, Michelangelo Buonarroti dashed off a brief note to his nephew Lionardo in Florence. As was often the case with the seventy-three-year-old artist, he felt aggrieved. “
Tell the priest not to write me any longer as ‘Michelangelo...