In recent years, many of the great stories of Renaissance art have been told not by art historians but by popular writers such as Ross King and Walter Isaacson. William E. Wallace is in a small class of scholars who has sought to remain active in two realms, maintaining his fundamental commitment to scholarship while also developing a series of publications that address a broader public. His most recent contribution, Michelangelo, God's Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece, represents the culmination of a career dedicated almost entirely to this single, engrossing figure. Thanks to this ongoing work, Wallace has earned the ability to...

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