2 Works in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Suddenly, there was a loud, continuing clatter, catching Michelangelo’s attention. He glanced up. Julius had dropped or thrown away his cane. He now grasped the railings with both hands, swaying. Michelangelo’s eyes unconsciously widened a little as they watched him, body tensing.
The man on the steps put one hand to his head, leaning back. Then, he began to topple.
Michelangelo flew with the speed of an archangel to catch him and pull him back onto the platform, as if pulling a drowning man onto the shore. He settled him carefully on its surface, even as he set down the candle to better look to his health. He was not unconscious, it seemed, but in a daze of agony.
As Michelangelo’s eyes darted over the form, the candlelight found a place where the robe had been brushed aside by all the movement. At the sight, his heart skipped a second beat. The nightshirt was stained bloody.