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December 2019, Issue 482 Paul Theroux on Nathanael West * Jonathan Sumption on Richard III * Catherine Fletcher on Michelangelo's twilight years * Margarette Lincoln on humans & the sea * Rose George on the Bering Strait * Tony Spawforth on the Scythians * Andrew Hussey on the Charlie Hebdo massacre * Cathy Gere on a history of psychiatry * Daniel Beer on Russian bathhouses * Grace Blakeley on women and capitalism * David Gelber on the Braganzas * Kevin Jackson on the colour yellow * Frances Wilson on writers' houses * Donald Rayfield on Nabokov's public prose * William Keegan on the Economist * Lisa Hilton on diamonds * Mark Jarrett on Klemens von Metternich * Joanna Kavenna on artistic memoirs * Michael Schmidt on the Epic of Gilgamesh * Stuart Ritchie on scientific fraudulence * Jonathan Meades on Marseille * James Womack on J M Coetzee * James Riding on Sarah Hall *  and much, much more…

Catherine Fletcher

Michelangelo, God’s Architect

By William E Wallace

In 1545, the year in which he turned seventy, Michelangelo Buonarroti completed his last public sculpture, the tomb of Pope Julius II in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome. Others might have settled into a well-deserved retirement, looking back on a triumphant career. Not Michelangelo, who went on to spend the best part of the next two decades fixing a disastrous building project at St Peter’s in Rome and designing the dome that now dominates the city’s skyline... read more

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