"...the artist who emerges from these pages is paradoxically a far richer character than the one captured in fiction-as complicated as his art, and as fiercely intelligent as his times." -Ann Landi, ArtNews
"Wallace's (novel) is a detailed investigation that will repay the attention of a well-informed reader already familiar with Michelangelo's art."
-ADRIAN W. B. RANDOLPH,Dartmouth College
"Don't be intimidated by Wallace's reputation as one of the world's leading authorities on Michelangelo: this is a highly readable, and often very funny, tour through Michelangelo's life and career. It gives a fresh assessment of Michelangelo, showing him not as the moody genius of legend so much as a deft business manager who, among other things, gave his workmen nicknames like Stumpy and Fats. Modern CEOs could learn much from him."
-Ross King, The Daily Beast
Written from the words of Michelangelo and his contemporaries, this biography not only tells his own stories but also brings to life the culture and society of Renaissance Florence and Rome. Michelangelo's belief in his patrician status fueled his lifelong ambition to improve his family's financial situation and to raise the social standing of artists. Michelangelo's ambitions are evident in his writing, dress, and comportment, as well as in his ability to befriend, influence, and occasionally say "no" to popes, kings, and princes.