At 21 years of age, Michelangelo made his first trip to Rome. Eager to study the great statues of antiquity and to secure important commissions, the young master from Florence was soon engaged on a work that would seal his destiny as the greatest living sculpture of his time and perhaps, all time! Michelangelo’s arrival into the Eternal City was fortunate because it coincided with an exhibition of newly unearthed sculptures and ruins of antiquity. These new found classical sculptures, nude and Herculean in proportion, celebrated the ideals of moral virtue, physical beauty, and truth. The discovery of these pieces represented a crucial bridge from the Gothic works of the middle Ages to the inspired sculpture and painting of the early Renaissance.