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The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo (1961)

by Irving Stone

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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. Historical Fiction. This is 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. Michelangelo Buonarotti, creator of "David", painter of the Sistine ceiling, architect of the dome of St Peter's, lives once more in Irving Stone's marvellous book.… (more)
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    The Passions of the Mind: A Novel of Sigmund Freud by Irving Stone (John_Vaughan)
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    Michelangelo, Life, Letters, and Poetry by Michelangelo (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: One of the two biographies of Michelangelo written while he was alive, Condivi's life was among Stone's major sources. It's fascinating to see how he novelised it.
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    The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: One of the two biographies of Michelangelo written while he was alive, Vasari's life (a major part of a much larger work) was among Stone's major sources. It's fascinating to see how he novelised it.
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    The Life and Works of Michelangelo by Rosalind Ormiston (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: A fine illustrated biography is almost obligatory while reading Stone's novel. This one is simply superb.
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    The Poetry of Michelangelo: An Annotated Translation by James M. Saslow (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Only for rather hardcore fans of Michelangelo, this complete, bilingual and highly erudite edition of his poems may serve to illuminate further (albeit to a far less degree than the paintings and the sculptures) the tremendous personality Irving Stone had to dramatise.
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A novelised version of Michelangelo's life, but interesting and informative as a result. ( )
  sfj2 | Jun 18, 2024 |
Irving's writing is clumsy and not well crafted. I finished his Lust for Life because I love Vincent and will read anything about him. But I didn't find Michaelangelo such a personable character (this has nothing to do with his genius and his art), not to mention that this is a seriously long book. If the writing were elegant or the character more engaging, I might have read on. I chose the book to read with one of the Goodreads groups, but seemed to be the only one reading. Now I know why. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
I enjoyed this less than I would a straightforward biography. ( )
  sfj2 | May 14, 2024 |
Very biographical novel about the famous artist. Stone gives our hero a tepid and unconvincing heterosexual unhappy love affair. Mostly, when not checking off the major artworks, the novel is about MA's lifelong struggle with authority figures, and manages to have prctically no details about sculpture. The movie was better, as it had the enliving prescence of Rex Harrison. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 10, 2024 |
Buen libro, en su mayoría entretenido, pero para mi fue poco emotivo, nada que ver con el “Anhelo de Vivir”. En el libro “Anhelo de Vivir” siento que el autor trabajo mas en los diálogos y pensamientos de los personajes, en la esencia de los personajes, fueron un poco mas modernizados (por así decirlo), o probable me identifique mas en algunas ocasiones. ( )
  keplerhc | Jan 22, 2024 |
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He sat before the mirror in 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 hair curling forward in thatches, the amber-colored eyes wide-set but heavy-lidded.
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From this vantage point he came to a realization that everything that had happened to him before this had been a journey upward through time, everything that occurred after it a descent. If he could not control his fate, why be born?
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1st ed. (1961): The agony and the ecstasy, a novel of Michelangelo.

Please distinguish between this work, Irving Stone's 1961 novel The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo, and the similarly titled The Agony and the Ecstasy: Short Stories and New Writing in Celebration of the World Cup edited by Nicholas Royle. Thank you.
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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. Historical Fiction. This is 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. Michelangelo Buonarotti, creator of "David", painter of the Sistine ceiling, architect of the dome of St Peter's, lives once more in Irving Stone's marvellous book.

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