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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Lev: The unheard story of the Sistine Chapel

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Now, the creative genius was mihclegaenlo banutroori, 33 years old when he was tapped to decorate 12,000 square feet of ceiling, and the deck was stacked against him — he had trained in piintang but had left to pursue sculpture. There were angry patrons in Florence because he had left a stack of incomplete cmominosiss, lured to Rome by the prospect of a great suauplrctl pejocrt, and that project had fallen through. And he had been left with a commission to paint 12 apostles against a decorative background in the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which would look like every other ceiling in Italy.

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Now, the creative genius was ____________ __________, 33 years old when he was tapped to decorate 12,000 square feet of ceiling, and the deck was stacked against him — he had trained in ________ but had left to pursue sculpture. There were angry patrons in Florence because he had left a stack of incomplete ___________, lured to Rome by the prospect of a great __________ _______, and that project had fallen through. And he had been left with a commission to paint 12 apostles against a decorative background in the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which would look like every other ceiling in Italy.

Solution

  1. buonarroti
  2. project
  3. michelangelo
  4. commissions
  5. sculptural
  6. painting

Original Text

Now, the creative genius was Michelangelo Buonarroti, 33 years old when he was tapped to decorate 12,000 square feet of ceiling, and the deck was stacked against him — he had trained in painting but had left to pursue sculpture. There were angry patrons in Florence because he had left a stack of incomplete commissions, lured to Rome by the prospect of a great sculptural project, and that project had fallen through. And he had been left with a commission to paint 12 apostles against a decorative background in the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which would look like every other ceiling in Italy.

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