By Dr Charles Margerison
Artists have enriched our lives with their contributions. Their inspirational stories show that hard work, persistence and determination to succeed can go a long way. Meet Michelangelo in 1485 when he was born in a small village in Tuscany. You’ll travel with him to Rome at the age of 21 and understand how he came to complete some of the world’s most influential pieces of art, including the Statue of David and the awe-inspiring ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which took him four years to complete.
Meet also another Italian – the fascinating Rosalba Carriera, who from lowly beginnings went on to become an influential Rococo painter. Samuel Morse is of course known for developing Morse code however, few people realize that he was actually an artist. He painted influential figures including President John Adams and was the artist of pieces including Dying Hercules. Finally you’ll get a unique insight into the inspiring life story of Leonardo da Vinci, who many believe to be the most diversely talented man to have lived. Understand his major works, including The Last Supper and Virgin of the Rocks within the context of his real life.
Each story comes to life through BioViews®. These are short biographical narratives, similar to interviews. They provide an easy way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world.