The Pieta. The Sistine Chapel ceilings. The statue of David. Deeply religious in spirit and profoundly secular in their glorification of the human form, Michelangelo's masterpieces remain unequaled. From his powerfully sublime Creation of Adam to the tormented agonies of the Last Judgement, Michelangelo expresses the entire experience of the human condition. Biography captures the tortured struggle of an artist and the divine glory of his art in Michelangelo. Yet Michelangelo's struggle to perfect his creativity was also a struggle to work within the financial confines of Renaissance Italy. In a world where art could not flourish without patronage, Michelangelo was caught between the conflicting powers and whims of two very important patrons: The Mediei family in Florence and the Papacy in Rome.