Miles J. Unger: "Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces"

The central portion of "The Last Judgment" by Michelangelo.   - Credit: Ultreya Takashi Okamura

The central portion of "The Last Judgment" by Michelangelo.

Credit: Ultreya Takashi Okamura

Miles J. Unger: "Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces"

Michelangelo created some of the most celebrated works in the history of Western art, including the Pieta, David and the Sistine Chapel: his life, legacy and how he revolutionized the role of art in society.

Michelangelo created some of the most celebrated works in the history of Western art, including the "Pieta," "David" and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Born in Italy during the Renaissance, Michelangelo was considered a genius in his own time. He was also known to be egotistical, hot-tempered and consumed by his work. He fought the notion that the artist was simply a craftsman and often clashed with patrons over creative control. Michelangelo insisted that he need answer only to his own muse. In doing so, a new book claims, he revolutionized the practice of art - and the role of the artist in society. A discussion about the life and legacy of Michelangelo.

Guests

Miles J. Unger

art historian, journalist and author.

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MICHELANGELO: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger. Copyright © 2014 by Miles Unger. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Michelangelo by Miles Unger

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