By Irving Stone
Celebrating the five hundredth anniversary of Michelangelo's David, New American Library releases a distinct variation of Irving Stone's vintage biographical novel-in which either the artist and the fellow are delivered to existence in complete. A masterpiece in its personal correct, this novel bargains a compelling portrait of Michelangelo's risky, impassioned loves, and the God-driven fury from which he wrested the best artwork the realm has ever identified.
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Michelangelo knew of Ghirlandaio's dislike of Rosselli, who conducted the only other painters' workshop in Florence. Seven years before Ghirlandaio, Botticelli and Rosselli had been called to Rome by Pope Sixtus IV to create wall panels for the newly completed Sistine Chapel. Rosselli had caught the pontiff's eye by using the most garish reds and ultramarine blues and illuminating every cloud, drapery and tree with gold, and won the coveted prize money. The boy shook his head no. "I've drawn in school when Master Urbino wasn't looking.
Granacci told Michelangelo that it had taken Ghirlandaio years to assemble these drawings of men he considered masters: Taddeo Gaddi, Lorenzo Monaco, Fra Angelico, Paolo Uccello, Pollaiuolo, Fra Filippo Lippi and many others. Michelangelo had spent enthralled hours gazing at their altars and frescoes with which the city was lavishly endowed, but he had never seen any of the working studies. "Certainly not," replied Ghirlandaio brusquely when Michelangelo asked him if he might see the portfolio.
That evening Granacci said confidingly: "Be careful about raising jealousies. Cieco and Tedesco have been apprenticed for a long time. How could they see any justice in your being able to draw better instinctively than they can after years of training? Praise their work. " Now, at the apprentices' table, Jacopo was completing the details of the game. "Time limit, ten minutes. " Michelangelo cried. Jacopo scowled. "You're just a beginner, you couldn't possibly win, and there would be no chance of your paying.