Michelangelo’s Poem on Painting the Sistine Chapel


Michelangelo on painting his masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel.  A gifted poet as well as a sculptor and painter, he wrote energetically about despair, detailing with relish the unpleasant side of his work on the famous ceiling. The poem, in Italian, is an extended sonnet. The translation below is by the American … Continue reading

Shakespeare’s Last Will and Testament


William Shakespeare’s last will and testament provides one of the richest surviving documents for understanding his familial and professional networks. The will names many of the important people in his life, including family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors, as well as describing specific pieces of personal property. The handwriting does not … Continue reading