Young Michelangelo by John T. Spike
The Path to the Sistine: A Biography

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Truly in a class of its own, Young Michelangelo is the most definitive and eye-opening study of the artistÆs early life to come along in a generation. In this compelling account, renowned art historian John Spike paints a vivid portrait of one of the worldÆs greatest artists and the places and peopleùLorenzo deÆ Medici, Leonardo, Machiavelliùthat inspired and defined his early life and career. SpikeÆs masterful text probes the thinking, evolution, and desires of a young man whose awareness of his exceptional talent never wavered. MichelangeloÆs complex personality is revealed through lively examinations of the Pieta, the David, and all other major works. Drawing on a rich background of Italian Renaissance politics and culture, Spike deftly navigates the fiery Florentine masterÆs struggle to surpass da VinciÆs artistic mastery, and his troubled relationships with Julius II and other key figures of the era.

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John T. Spike, critic, curator, and art historian, is the author of more than 20 significant books on Italian painting and artists, including Caravaggio. He lives in Florence and teaches in the Sacred Arts Masters program at Regina Apostolorum University in Rome.
Published August 1, 2012 by Vendome Press. 277 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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Art historian Spike (Caravaggio) weaves together the personal and professional relationships that shaped the first 30 years of Michelangelo's career, from his early days in the Medicis' sculpture garden to the commissions that culminated in his work in the Sistine Chapel.

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As John T Spike argues in this crisply thorough biography, Michelangelo Buonarroti, like so many men of talent, seems to have known his own worth almost from the moment he came into the world.

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