11/16/2010 03:22 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michelangelo's Penis: A Book About A Great Renaissance Rivalry

So, I gave the last talk in the 2010 tour of my book The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel that Defined the Renaissance, at the National Gallery the other day -- which in my eyes was a bit like ending it at the art critics' Wembley -- and in the middle of the talk, I found myself recommending a book: someone else's. Since I have offered the same bibliographic recommendation to other audiences at book festivals, perhaps I should take the opportunity of what I promise is my last book-related posting of the year to recommend to you the very same beloved work.

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