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He was humorless, lonely, quarrelsome, perfectionistic and pious, a sculptor, painter, and poet.  As an infant, he was nursed by a stone-cutter’s wife. He often said it was from them that he got his love of sculpture. It certainly didn’t come from his father, a respectable magistrate who beat his son when he asked to become an artists apprentice. But Michelangelo persevered and his early sculptures caught the attention of Florence’s great ruler, Lorenzo de’ Medici, who invited the boy to be educated with his own sons. Over the course of his tumultuous career that lasted more than sixty years, Michelangelo would serve—and argue with—four different popes, creating masterpieces in all three of the noble arts: sculpture, painting, and architecture. And in an age of remarkable artists, he was possibly the greatest of them all.

Recognition & Awards

Orbis Pictus Honor Book, National Council of Teachers of English; School Library Journal, Best Books; Booklist, Editor’s Choice; Booklist, Top Ten Youth Art Books; Booklinks, Lasting Connections; Association of Booksellers for Children, Booksellers’ Choices; New York Public Library, One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing; Children’s Book Council, Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies; Not Just For Children Anymore, Children’s Book Council; Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children; Voice of Youth Advocates, Nonfiction Honor Book; Featured on the CBS Early Show; Nominee, Utah State Book Award; Starred Review, Kirkus; Starred Review, Booklist; Starred Review, School Library Journal.

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