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New Book Asks Who’s Greater ~ Michelangelo or Leonardo?

Michelangelo - Judith and Holofernes, 1508-1512 - Fresco. Sistine Chapel, The Vatican

A new book
focuses on a 16th century competition that set out to discover who was
better artist — Michelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci, and says the outcome

profoundly influenced the Renaissance titans’ legacies. Jonathan
Jones, a British art critic
who has been a Turner Prize judge, said the contest was familiar to art
historians but to his knowledge had not been treated as the subject for a

book. “The Lost Battles: Leonardo,
Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel that Defined the Renaissance,”
published by Simon & Schuster,” hits stores on Thursday and

describes a dramatic and defining moment in art history.