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by Irving Stone

  • ISBN: 0451110102
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Irving Stone
  • Subcategory: Action & Adventure
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Signet; First Mass Market Paperback edition (January 2, 1963)
  • FB2 size: 1827 kb
  • EPUB size: 1369 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1961) is a biographical novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti written by American author Irving Stone.

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1961) is a biographical novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti written by American author Irving Stone. Stone lived in Italy for years visiting many of the locations in Rome and Florence, worked in marble quarries, and apprenticed himself to a marble sculptor. A primary source for the novel is Michelangelo's correspondence, all 495 letters of which Stone had translated from Italian by Charles Speroni and published in 1962 as I, Michelangelo, Sculptor.

Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michelangelo-the New York Times bestseller in which both the artist . I originally purchased this book out of curiosity. I wanted to learn about and study a genius' life. A lover of art and design, I was naturally drawn to Michelangelo

Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michelangelo-the New York Times bestseller in which both the artist and the man are brought to vivid. A lover of art and design, I was naturally drawn to Michelangelo. A few months later, my sister and I planned a weekend in Europe, and partly because of this book, I convinced my sister we had to spend a weekend in Rome.

The title of this book The Agony and the Ecstasy makes me think of a daytime soap opera with overblown . Stone wanted to be sure that the portrait he carved of Michelangelo by writing this book was based on as much hard data as he could find.

The title of this book The Agony and the Ecstasy makes me think of a daytime soap opera with overblown tragedy and illicit affairs driving the daily plot. The life of Michelangelo certainly reflects the title. There are so many twists and turns in the narrative of this artist's life.

Ecstasy a biographical novel of michelangelo. Michelangelo Buonarroti. BOOK ONE: The Studio s a t before the mirror of the second-floor bedroom sketching his lean cheeks with their high bone ridges, the flat broad forehead, and ears too far back on the head, the dark hair curling forward in thatches, the amber-colored eyes wide-set but heavy-lidded. Im not well designed, thought the thirteen-year-old with serious concentration.

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Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michelangelo-the New York Times bestseller in which both the artist and the man are brought to vivid, captivating life.

Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michelangelo-the New York Times bestseller in which both the artist and the man are brought to vivid, captivating life

A masterpiece in its own right, this novel offers a compelling portrait of Michelangelo's dangerous, impassioned loves, and the God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known.

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In Irving Stone's classic work, both the artist and the man are brought to life in full, in a compelling portrait of his dangerous, impassioned loves and the God-driven fury from which her wrested the greatest art the world has ever know. o read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna. His genius: a God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known

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Reviews about The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo (7):
Ienekan
I originally purchased this book out of curiosity. I wanted to learn about and study a genius' life. A lover of art and design, I was naturally drawn to Michelangelo. After a substantial research on the best biographies based on his life and work, I was more than convinced that this book was it. And it didn't disappoint me at all!

I had never been to Italy when I started reading. A few months later, my sister and I planned a weekend in Europe, and partly because of this book, I convinced my sister we had to spend a weekend in Rome. Shortly after, I spent a week in Florence, and it was the very first time I felt like an informed tourist, knowing what I was marveling at.

The Agony and the Ecstasy is a novel-like biography of Michelangelo intertwined with historical accounts and facts about his life. It is written in such a way you won't want to put the book down. I felt like I lived inside Michelangelo's head; like I really got to know his person, simultaneously studying art and design history. It's set during the Italian Renaissance, and Michelangelo was a central figure of that glorious period. The book is filled with information. So far, it is the most substantial book I've read, and it's the first time I've taken my time reviewing a book.

The book is by no means an easy read; It took me weeks to finish. In fact, when I first bought it, I had to set it aside before I made it halfway, and I had to re-read it from the start. As I read the last pages, my heart ached as Michelangelo was getting weaker and weaker. It was quite an experience feeling like I lived side by side such a genius. All the masterpieces he forged during his life—just wow!

This book has sparked a deeper interest in me for art and design, and now for a newfound love: sculpture.
Thank you, Irving Stone, for this masterpiece of a book. ''♥︎
Rarranere
I first read this book when it originally came out. And when my book club decided to read it, I didn't object because I remembered that I liked it. Well, I think I enjoyed it more the second time. I was fascinated by the historical background and learned a lot about that time period....and about the making of sculpture. The characters were fleshed out enough to be interesting and added information to what I had learned in history classes--although as in all historical fiction, it would be nice to know what is real and what is the author's imagination. The book is well written and an easy and interesting read. If you are planning a trip to Italy, I would definitely put it on my pre-trip reading list.
Mr.Savik
When I first received the recommendation to read it, I thought that it would be a boring description of times long gone with a silver lining in the art itself.

Boy was I wrong !

It is an incredible journey through time with twists and plots that revolve around art, religion, politics as well as romance, friendship and family.
It is a story about the struggle to follow your passion to whatever end. It is the kind of book that left me with a sense of "OK.. now what? What could I read to be on par with Mr. Stone's creation?"

Let's say that from now on, I will never look at sculpture or art as a whole with the same eyes.

Even though I knew that it was a biography work, I still read it like a fiction book and this helped putting me in every situation described.
Ce
I read it 35 years ago and it made me fall in love with art. A recent trip to Italy and seeing Michelangelo's artwork in person inspired me to re-read the book - it's still fantastic.
Eseve
I just came back from 6 weeks in Florence where I lived across the street from where Michaelangelo grew up. This book was such fun to read, all tI had walked all over Florence and it was fun to see how the familiar places were hundreds of years ago - I learned a lot of history - seems to have been extremely well - researched. Stone quoted poetry by Michaelangelo when relevant. It was an amazing look at a facscinating, but difficult life. I had no idea he really never had enough money as his father was always dunning him to help out with some scheme or other that never seemed to succeed,and did not appreciate his art at all except for the money it paid. There is a lot about how he prepared for his sculpture. Read the book first, then see the movie which is not as accurate but also good.
Kakashkaliandiia
I loved this book so much and couldn't believe I could get so "into it". It is brilliantly written and brings all the character to life with such awareness of their feelings and determination. Michaelangelo had to be given his gift by God. No one could have such obsessive, unequalled talent otherwise.

What I loved the most, was his relentless determination to sculpt I could not have imagined how difficult and what talent it took to make creations like "David", the "Pieta, "Moses", "Christ on the Cross", and the unimaginable "Sistine Chapel" lying on his back for 4 years!!!! I felt as though I knew him personally by the time I finished this masterpiece.
Elizabeth
Here is a timeless masterpiece , written so beautifully about the great genius of Michaelangelo. Having read many years ago, I am traveling to Rome and wanted to freshen my memory. HOWEVER the size of this paperback is so very small , reading in this format is difficult and uncomfortable. I do not recommend this particular publication. Really disappointed.
Possibly my favorite novel. A novelized version of Michelangelo's life that follows him from the beginning of his life to the end. His relationship with Da Vinci is explored and paints a not too flattering picture of an artist who is probably considered the most important painter ever. Michelangelo is sympathetically drawn, his psychosis and his rapture equally underscored. Also a great glimpse into Florence at it's most tumultuous and artistic time period. I won't go on and on but this is a must read. A very looong book but you won't notice. Probably the best biography ever, in my opinion, and years in the writing. A must read for anyone interested in Renaissance history, art, the artist or if you just love a good read!

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