Main Cast :
Rutger Hauer - Michelangelo
Massimo Odierna - Young Michelangelo
Orfeo Orlando - Urbino
Giacomo Fadda - Lorenzino De' Medici
Giancarlo Giannini - Narrator
Plot: Italy, 16th Century. The life and work of the artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, born in 1475 in Caprese, near Arezzo.
Michelangelo was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. His versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high level that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.
Michelangelo was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and ever since then he has been held to be one of the greatest artists of all time. A lot of his works in painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous in existence.
His output in every field during his long life was prodigious; when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences that survive is also taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century.
Two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, were sculpted before he turned thirty.
Despite his low opinion of painting, Michelangelo also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
This TV movie has been produced to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's famous artworks on the Sistine Chapel in Rome (November 1st, 1512). Shooting took place in the locations where Michalangelo worked and lived, such as Florence, Poggio a Caiano, Montepulciano, Pienza.
This docu-fiction follows Michelangelo in different aspects of his life: his passions and torments, his long-standing rivalry with Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (better known as Raphael, an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance), his love for Tommaso Dei Cavalieri, his intellectual attraction toward Vittoria Colonna, his deep involvement in the political life of Florence.