Michelangelo's First Painting
The Torment of Saint Anthony
The soul tries out a thousand cures, in vain;
Since I was taken from my early road,
Vainly it worries how it can return.
— Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1522 (translated by Creighton Gilbert)
Michelangelo is universally acknowledged as the towering genius of the Renaissance. He might be known to us as a superlative…