Due to his continued popularity for nearly 500 years, Michelangelo Buonarroti's life has been published in numerous volumes, including two during his lifetime and many more since his death. His story has been told through his letters, his masterpieces, his family and his finances.
The seminal biographical work on Michelangelo was printed in 1974 by Howard Hibbard, simply titled "Michelangelo." It is a well-rounded account of the artist's life, but it doesn't delve too deeply into any one area. "A Life in Six Masterpieces" by Miles J. Unger provides insight into the relationship between Michelangelo's work and daily life. In "Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and His Times" by William E. Wallace, the artist's familial background and his drive to improve their standing, along with the perception of the artist, take center stage.