Michelangelo - Biography of a Genius by Bruno Nardini
By Bruno Nardini
Dalla Firenze di Lorenzo il Magnifico e del Savonarola allo splendore della Roma papale; los angeles vita tormentata di un genio del Rinascimento: Michelangelo. Una biografia di Michelangelo Buonarroti con una tavola cronologica degli eventi storici ed artistici e un indice topografico dei suoi lavori, natruralmente interamente in inglese. Titolo originale: ''Incontro con Michelangiolo''.
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Jewel of classical art had been recently In the meantime, from the pulpits of Santa Maria del Fiore and San Marco, Savonarola was the de facto ruler of the city. A year before, in the critical hour of Piero's flight and the return of the exiles, he had preached against revenge, calling for peace and forgiveness. », he cried, his voice broken with emotion. «Hear, Florence, what I say to you this morn- From you will come forth the reformation of all Italy! ». He examined the text of the new constitution, suggesting ing.
The gentleman of Bologna liked him at once, recognized his great by it. tomb of San Domenico, in the church dedicated to that saint, left unfinished by Niccolo talent, and wanted his city to benefit He showed Michelangelo the was an angel missing, and a Saint Proculus and by Niccolo da Bari to be finished. Did Michelangelo dare try to make them? He replied that he did, and Aldovrandi used his authority to have the unknown FloPisano. There a Saint Petronius rentine sculptor assigned the task of completing those statues, for a recompense of thirty ducats.
It was another Archbishop of Siena, another Piccolomini, who assisted granted his request. The giant in the square Mayor HAPPEN today WHAT WOULDconvening municipal if instead of the the committee of experts to decide where of Florence, council, called a a statue by Michelan- gelo should be placed? Piero Soderini did not convene the «great» Council, with over one thousand members, nor the «small» one made up of eighty men, but appointed a committee of artists and cit- David and work and the izens interested in art to examine Michelangelo's express an opinion on both the quality of the best place for it.