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This is the fictional biography of Michelangelo Buonarroti, the creator of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the dome of St. Peter's, and many of the most beautiful sculptures in art. It is mainly a story of his artistic genius and focuses on how he taught himself the basics of human anatomy (by examining cadavers) and how he created stunning works of art from lifeless marble. It is also the story of his loves and the pressure he was under from the Catholic church to create.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   artist Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Century:    -   distant past

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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