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Michelangelo is accused frequently of being stubborn. To his family, especially his father, the artist has stubbornly resisted all attempts to be a "normal" member of the family. According to Lodovico, this would mean that Michelangelo would join the Wool Guild, become a merchant, settle down with a family, and bring money into the Buonarroti family. This, Michelangelo refuses to do; he will not do what his father wants him to do, so the family considers him to be very stubborn.

He is not stubborn just to be stubborn. He can follow the suggestions of others unless it pertains to art, particularly his art. He knows what he wants and he has reasons for believing that his way will be best. When the work is finished, most people acknowledge that he was correct. Michelangelo is, if nothing else, consistent in this behavior. He refuses his father...

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