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The book "The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone, a biographical novel of Michelangelo, mentions many interactions and conversations by Michelangelo with both da Vinci and Raphael. From the details in the book, it appears that at least with respect to Michelangelo, he was familiar with their works, and they were, with his. The book also recounts the ...


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Ancient literature was not widely known and not read before Petrarch's time. He had a luck of discovering Cicero's letters. Apparently he personally discovered them in some storage. He read them and was excited. That this was Cicero, not someone else seems to be an accident. (Perhaps he would be even more excited is he discovered Caesar's works). This ...



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