by Klaus Ottmann
Michelangelo Buonarroti was the foremost sculptor of the Italian Renaissance and one of the leading painters of his time. His works are some of the best known in the world, from his marble David to his paintings of the Sistine Chapel. Sought after by the rich and powerful, he became a legend of his own making long before his death in 1564. The Essential Michelangelo is the book to read if you have zero tolerance for artspeak and a lively curiosity about what has made this artist so popular.