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Art Review

Drawing from the master, Michelangelo

Once in a while, an artist comes along who is endowed with not just one particular kind of high-level intelligence but with a whole storm system of high-level intelligences.

In Michelangelo Buonarroti, lurching vectors of astonishing smarts produced agitation, anguish, and yearning aplenty: His life was no picnic. More importantly, however, they produced works that live on — even in our skeptical, genius-weary age — as a kind of gold standard of artistic invention and execution.

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