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Michelangelo

"Michelangelo liked to say that he had acquired his love of, and talent for, sculpture through the milk of his wet nurse, the daughter and wife of stonemasons."

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“…I have nothing more to tell thee. I am well and getting on satisfactorily: I hope soon to be back in Florence.

On the 20th day of April.

I had no more paper. MICHELANGELO, in Bologna.”

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“Contrary to the fondly held belief, Michelangelo did not paint lying on his back on the scaffolding. Instead, as he describes and depicts in his sonnet “I’ ho già fatto un gozzo,” he stood up with his head tilted back in what must have been an excruciatingly uncomfortable position to hold for hours on end. Nor was it a solo operation, though he was often irritated with his assistants and dissatisfied with their work. He suggested his own mood, perhaps, when he depicted himself as the mournful prophet Jeremiah.”

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“DEAREST FATHER, I learn from your last letter that I am reported in Florence to be dead, though this is of little importance, as I am still alive. However, let them say what they list, and do not speak of me to anyone, because they are evil-minded.”

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“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?”
― Michelangelo

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“I wish thee to read this letter to the Duke and to beg His Lordship on my behalf to allow me to remain here for the period already mentioned which will be necessary before I can return to Florence; for if my dispositions now incorporated in the structure were to be changed, which certain envious persons here seek to compass, it would be as though in all this time I had accomplished nothing.”

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“LIONARDO, I see from thy letter that thou has lent thine ear to certain envious and rascally persons who, finding they can neither rob nor deceive me, have written thee a lot of lies. They are a gang of greedy robbers, and thou art a fool to listen to what they tell thee about me, as though I were a baby.”

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