Michelangelo's dramatic power ruled the world art scene at the beginning of the 16th century. During almost 90 years of 'agony and ecstasy', he dug out of marble - one hammer blow after the other - the secret souls of restless figures. Primarily a sculptor, Michelangelo was also a painter, an architect and a poet; he was an unparalleled spokesman for the journey of Renaissance man, from praise to disillusionment. In this fascinating programme we study Michelangelo's life, career and influences, visiting the places which inspired him, learning of the rivalries which fuelled him and exploring the intriguing personality which produced some of the greatest creations in art history. We are treated to stunning footage of his most famous masterpieces, with exquisite close-up camerawork and expert re-assessment throwing new light on the famous sculptures, paintings and buildings.