What made the story more compelling to me was the realization that those events happened hundreds of years ago yet the drama and the issues that they faced were very similar to what we face now. Michelangelo had family issues, pressure from the pope, felt jealous toward other artists and at one time or the other felt he is not capable of the commission. Who does not have those in today's world? The attitude of perseverance no matter how much you do not agree with your patron (the pope) - and in Pope Julius II's case - the unwavering belief that Michelangelo is the only one who can deliver. There would be no Sistine Chapel if there was no Pope Julius II and no Michelangelo.
Aside from too many names, places and a lot of technical explanations on how fresco painting was done - I still enjoyed the book. I just wished there were also colored photos of the Sistine Chapel.
Worth my time.