Author Philip Wilkinson leads young readers on a journey of discovery through the life and works of the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, and poet in a visually evocative book. The lively narrative follows Michelangelo from his early apprenticeship in fresco through his fascination with sculpture, which gave us such masterpieces as the Pieta and David. Readers learn how Michelangelo studied anatomy by cutting up cadavers and of his tortuous struggle to release the human form from raw stone.
The book traces Michelangelo's lifelong association with the Medici family and his Vatican patronage. His monumental work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling is examined in detail, as is his role as Chief Architect to St. Peter's. Michelangelo's story will enthrall all who are inspired by the search for perfection.
Dramatic visuals and absorbing narrative combine to give young readers a close-up look at some of the most influential people of all time. Emphasizing the childhood of each famous individual, the books in this series blend personal diaries, school reports, family photographs, and primary quotes to create a scrapbook-style layout that children will be drawn to immediately. The comprehensive presentation makes these books perfect for students assigned to read a biography.