Ciao, amici! Today is a special day. March 6, 1475 was the birthday of none other than Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, a man so talented in so many things, he was known as il divino, or the divine one.
The world has changed a lot in the 544 years since his birth, but the quality of his work lives on, more than standing the test of time. Sculptures like David and Dusk and Dawn (the Tomb of Lorenzo di Medici), paintings like The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, architecture like the Laurentian Library and Piazza del Campidoglio, and numerous drawings and poems have, in a way, made the man immortal.
Which, when I think about it, is kind of funny. Because when I wrote my Medici Protectorate series, Michelangelo was still alive — thanks to a feat of alchemy — and was a vital character in the series. He can tell you all about it himself (you can read my interview with him here* or Lisa Burton’s interview with him here), or you can visit the Medici Protectorate Series page to learn more.
As you go about your day today, I hope you take a moment to enjoy a form of art: painting, song, literature, etc. And when you do, I hope you think of il divono.
Happy Birthday, Michelangelo.
*Note: The book cover pictured on the interview page is the original version. The series has since been updated to look like the covers above.