The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar, but what is really known about the Renaissance genius? Who was this ambitious and passionate man?

A virtuoso craftsman, Michelangelo infused artistry into everything he touched. Beautiful and diverse works such as the towering David statue; the deeply moving Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica; and his tour-de-force, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, still leave visitors breathless today.

Michelangelo: Love and Death takes a cinematic journey—from the prints-and-drawings rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome, and the Vatican—to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. The film goes in search of a greater understanding of this most charismatic figure, his relationship with contemporaries, and his invaluable artistic legacy. Expert commentary, and Michelangelo’s own words, offer a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.