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Giant, The  

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Antony Sher pits Michelangelo against Leonardo da Vinci in 16th-century Florence

The Republic of Florence wishes to commission a giant sculpture—of David confronting Goliath—for the cathedral. Among the contenders are the little-known Michelangelo Buonarotti, 26; and the most famous painter in Florence, Leonardo da Vinci, 49. Michelangelo wins…

As the magnificent figure emerges from its marble block, Michelangelo is visited not only by Leonardo, but also by interfering local potentates, notably a political fixer called Machiavelli. Complicating matters is a beautiful 18-year-old quarryman from Carrara, whom Michelangelo takes on as a model while Leonardo woos him as a lover...

True to its title, The Giant, is a mighty undertaking: nothing less than a twin portrait at a crucial moment in the lives of two of the greatest artists that ever lived. It is in a tradition of biographical drama that reaches back to Osborne’s Luther, Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons and Brecht’s Galileo.


Cast : 12M

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-588-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

ANTONY SHER was born in South Africa and shot to fame as an actor for Richard III. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and television and has published three novels, a book of his paintings and an autobiography. His first play, I.D. premiered at the Almeida in 2003. He was knighted in 2000.

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