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The Agony and the Ecstasy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book One Summary

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Book One Summary

This story starts in Florence, Italy, in March 1488. Thirteen-year-old Michelangelo Buonarroti is brought to the Guild Hall of Signor Ghirlandaio by his friend, Francesco Granacci, a nineteen year old who has been apprenticed to Ghirlandaio. Ghirlandaio is considered a master of one of the painting guilds in Florence. Granacci, who believes his friend has remarkable talent, brings Michelangelo to the studio so he can also be apprenticed to Ghirlandaio.

Michelangelo knows that his father, Lodovico, will never agree to pay for his son to attend an art school, so he challenges Ghirlandaio into paying a stipend simply to have Michelangelo be a student in his school. Ghirlandaio likes the youth's attitude and the few sketches he draws for his interview and accepts the situation, allowing Lodovico to save face and let Michelangelo begin his art education.

From the beginning, Michelangelo sets himself apart with his...

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