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Reader recommendation: A Life in Six Masterpieces

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Irving Stone's novel "The Agony and the Ecstasy" began my lifelong interest in Michelangelo. Now we have a very readable history by Miles J. Unger: A Life in Six Masterpieces.  I was enthralled by the competition and jealousy among Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo.  Page 287: "The truth was that, like many men of genius, he was still too wrapped up in his art to make a congenial dining companion."  The 41/2 page appendix is worth a look: A Guide to Viewing Michelangelo's Art in Florence and Rome.  Also, the photos of great works and buildings and drawings of Rome and Florence all add to the rich mix.