The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo (READ)


The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

Irving Stone ´ 3 characters review The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Orld has ever knownMichelangelo Buonarroti creator of David painter of the Sistine ceiling architect of the dome of St Peter's lives once in the tempestuous powerful pages of Irving Stone's great new boo. Finished I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars I learned a lot and this book will push me on to reading about Italy in the 1500s about the Medici about the Borgia family about the Popes about Charles Vthe Holy Roman Emperor History was made VERY interesting It was not difficult to keep track of the numerous people It isn t necessary to keep a list of friends foes family and Medicis The reader learns a lot about the internecine religious battles of the times And of course you learn about Michelangelo He became very real to me I really did come to care for him I admire his passion for sculpture his determination to do any job whether he liked it or not to his best ability I admire his loyalty to his friends and family Why not 5 stars Well that is because the writing style had no magic It didn t sparkle You get a history text book albeit engagingly told Through page 551Previously I said that I was not really drawn into caring about the main characters That is no longer true I totally love Michelangelo Wow what a guy My heart bleeds for himThrough page 501 If the Pope wants you to make a bronze statue well then you make a bronze statue If the Pope wants you to paint what choice do you have but to paint I admire Michelangelo s attempts to oppose Pope Julius II And now I finally understand what pushed Michelangelo from marble to painting I actually feel sorry for Michelangelo Also the competition between Michelangelo and da Vinci was illuminating The competition and how it was resolved says alot about both artists Through page 392 I am just wondering how does Stone know so much about Michelangelo s thoughts behind each sculpture For Michelangelo s David it is saidFor himMichelangelo then it was David s decision to kill Goliath that made him a giant not the actual killing of GoliathHow does Stone know Michelangelo s inner thoughts Maybe notes at the end will clarify Probably they are simply plausible conjectures but I am not so sure I am convinced of their veracity This is nothing new An art critic s in depth analysis often drives me crazy Even though I have a critical mind it doesn t mean I am not enjoying the bookThrough page 336I love the following uote Michelangelo has just shown his brother Buonarroto his Bacchus statueHis brother s sole reply was to ask if people liked it That was all Michelangelo observed to himself He doesn t have the faintest notion of what sculpture is about His only interest is that people approve of what I have done so that I can be happy and get worknone of which he will ever understand He is a true Buonarroti blind to the meaning of art But he loves me A good definition of familial love and relationships This book is a delightful learning experience but one does not fall in love with any of the characters That is OK What you get from the learning is enough You respect Michelangelo and admire his dedicationThrough page 293 It is well known that Michelangelo was a homosexual It is a bit disturbing that this side of his character is not clearly revealed If this isn t discussed what else is missing THAT is what has been bothering me His homosexuality is only subtely revealed in the following uoteOne afternoon Leo asked Wouldn t you like to sketch some women There are several baths for both sexes in the city walls Rome run by prostitutes but with uite respectable clienteles Michelangelo replies I have no interest in the female formYou re summarily dismissing half the figures in the world answers Leo And Michelangelo counters Roughly yesBut I find all beauty and structural power in the male Take a man in any action jumping wrestling throwing a spear plowing bend him into any position and the muscles the distribution of weight and tension have their symmetry For me a woman to be beautiful or exciting must be absolutely stillLeo jokes Perhaps you haven t put them into the proper positionMichelangelo smiled Yes I have I find it a sight for love but not for sculpture So far that is as close as one gets to the uestion of Michelangelo s true sexual appetite Hmmph I also find Michelangelo s view irritatingAnother thing I should mention is that the Italian names aren t the easiest to keep straight Someone recommended making a chart with people categorizing them as family Medici friend or enemmy This does help but also add columns for artists religious and political figures Through page 246 of 776 This book does an excellent job of teaching me history about Florence at the end of the 1400s about the Medici family and about the religious conflicts taking place This is another book that makes me happy about not being religious Most importantly it teaches about the strivings of Michelangelo I am so terribly impressed by his dedication Sculpture is ALL he can possibly think about You stand back in awe reading about what he does to learn how to scuplture Utterly amazing I am so glad I have seen the Piet in St Peter s Cathedral in the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel s ceiling I also really have enjoyed reading about Lorenzo Medici who was his patron who took him in as a family member Lorenzo perhaps not as outstanding as Cosimo Medici but still a wonderful leader of Florence Wonderful bc he truly loved Florence and did his utmost to promote art and beauty and thinking in the city I wouldn t say the language is particularly exceptional but the information is excellent I really don t like Michelangelo s father a money grubbing individual who couldn t care less about art And he sired Michelangelo They couldn t be opposites in character Laura how far have you come in the book

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Irving Stone ´ 3 characters review The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Pre ISBNHis time the turbulent Renaissance the years of poisoning princes warring Popes the all powerful de'Medici family the fantastic monk Savonarola His loves the frail an lovely daughter of Lorenzo d. Goodreads crashed on me I didn t realize the five stars were posted but not my review You may be wondering why I rated this book so highly The book made Michelangelo and his times really come alive for me I feel like I personally know like and respect Michelangelo as a person He was so recognizably human with family issues rivalries loyal friends treacherous friends and above all this fierce driving passion for his art especially sculpture He was born with a gift and a genius that he acted on He was passionate cranky demanding willful opinionated determined driven and unwilling to accept anything short of perfection Yet he did what he needed to do to pay the bills sometimes setting his pet projects aside for years For the first time in my life I am interested in visiting the Sistine Chapel to see his painstakingly and brilliantly executed ceiling frescoe and to view his famous marble sculpture of David with the broken arm Plus on occasion I m a sucker for epic historical novels Michelangelo lived from 1475 1565 which was a fascinating period of history Christopher Columbus gets mentioned in passing some guy who recently set sail in three tiny ships westbound to find India Raphael and so many other famous names from the Renaissance Michelangelo had no use for Leonardo da Vinci whom he considered to be a society seeking dandy and snob I think most of this information is probably true as the book was extremely well researched with lots of primary sources such as Michelangelo s 400 lettersThe book also gets inside his head as an artist as he designs and executes all of his work especially his most beloved marble sculptures I had no idea there are so many grades of marble and never thought about how arduous it was to extract the right marble out of the Roman hills Or to move the finished sculptures to their designated locationsThe dense writing and length 760 pages made it a slog for me to get through but an exciting slog and I find myself thinking a lot about it That s why I gave it five stars

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Irving Stone ´ 3 characters review The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB E'Medii; the arent mistress of Marco Aldovrani; and his last true love his greatest love the beautiful unhappy Vittoria Colonna His genius a God driven fury from which he wrested the grresatest art the w. At the age of thirteen Michelangelo enters the workshop of painter Ghirlandaio and studies the fresco painting techniue Son of a surly bourgeois father of noble descent lost his mother at an early age Michelangelo eventually becomes fascinated by the texture of marble and wishes to release the trapped forms which according to his neo Platonic worldview are already hidden inside the raw materialA book is not big enough to fit the magnitude of Michelangelo Buonarroti s artistic genius the complexity of his character and the interpretation of his immense work Irving Stone does an exuisite work in presenting the life and deeds of the great sculptor and painter who produced masterpieces such as the Piet of St Peter s Basilica the Giant David of Florence and Cappella Sistina s frescoes 776 Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 1564 Irving Stone Piet Cappella Sistina Irving Stone 495 Michelangelo Ghirlandaio fresco Lorenzo dei Medici Marsilio Ficino Christoforo Landino Angelo Poliziano Picco della Mirandola Girolamo Savonarola Lorenzo dei Medici Bertoldo di Giovanni Donatello Michelangelo Santo Spirito Bichiellini Irving Stone Michelangelo Pietro Aretino La carne terra e ui l ossa mia privede lor begli occhi e del leggiadro aspettofan fede a uel ch i fu grazia nel lettoche abbracciava e n che l anima vive Michelangelo Cecchino dei Bracci Doni Tondo Sagrestia Nuova Cappella Sistina Ignudi Michelangelo Piet Rondanini Leonardo da Vinci Palazzo Vecchio Raphael Vittoria Colonna Michelangelo Buonarroti Michaelangelus Bonarotus Florentinus Faciebat 25 200%

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    free download The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo Irving Stone ´ 3 characters review ê eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Irving Stone Even with Art History 101 under my belt I was shocked to learn of his monumental contributions to sculpture paint architecture and even politics But I was even inspired by the incredible challenges he overcame throughout all of his 90 years of life Nothing came easy What an inspiration Here is a uote from his death bedLife has been good God

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    The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo (READ) review ê eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Irving Stone Irving Stone ´ 3 characters I discovered this Irving Stone title in high school many many years ago but I had not read the book again since then so it was fresh new and incredibly stunning for me We meet Michelangelo when he is thirteen and follow him through his almost tortured life until he dies at age 88 In between we see him become an Artist like no other before or since We learn Art History Italian History Vatican History and meet an incredible number

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    The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo (READ) Finished I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars I learned a lot and this book will push me on to reading about Italy in the 1500s about the Medici about the Borgia family about the Popes about Charles Vthe Holy Roman Emperor Hi

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