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In a niche above the tomb is a young man dressed in Roman armor. It is not supposed to be Duke Julien, who was weak and sickly. The figure is Michelangelo's idea of a strong ruler. He is a handsome and vigorous young man who sits with his hands of San Lorenzo and continue the He carved a resting on to rise and give a scepter a and his head turned command. f££S^fc. i DE' MEDICI Lorenzo, Florence Photo Anderson One cool September morning the gates of Florence swung open and two men on horseback passed through.
Exquisite taste, and the most famous sculptor in Italy, but was Leonardo da Vinci, who was almost Leonardo was tall and handsome. manner which a polished irritated the While Michelangelo was working on artist. He had younger the Giant, Leonardo was decorating one of the walls of Florence's council chamber. Everyone discussed Leonardo's magnificent Michelangelo was When David was the scene, battle and jealous. finished the City Council asked Michel- angelo to decorate a wall of the chamber. The sculptor was elated, for he felt sure he could paint a finer picture than Leonardo's.
But his family showed little sympathy for the tortured artist. They continually asked him to send them money. Their letters were full of comevery kind. " in spite of the four years of agony, Michelangelo continued sibyl he painted great pillars. The figures They are not people from the Bible or from Greek and Roman myths. Michelangelo used them as a kind top of each he placed a magnificent nude figure. do not the brother in Florence: have not even time enough to I work. Between each prophet and On his and the utmost physical fatigue.