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The Agony and the Ecstasy By Irving Stone שמואל שניצר The Agony and the Ecstasy Celebrating the th anniversary of Michelangelo s David New American Library releases a special edition of Irving Stone s classic biographical novel in which both the artist and the man are brought

  • Title: The Agony and the Ecstasy
  • Author: Irving Stone שמואל שניצר
  • ISBN: 9780451171351
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy By Irving Stone שמואל שניצר Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo s David, New American Library releases a special edition of Irving Stone s classic biographical novel in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full 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 heCelebrating the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo s David, New American Library releases a special edition of Irving Stone s classic biographical novel in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full 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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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      4.5 stars out of 5 To some people stone was dead hard as stone, stone cold, they said To him, as he once again ran his fingers along its contours, it was the most alive substance in the world, rhythmic, responsive, tractable warm, resilient, colorful, vibrant He was in love with stone Michelangelo portrait by VolterraMichelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born in Florence on March 6th, 1475 It was a fortuitous time to be born He was coming of age just as the Renaissance was beginning to [...]

    2. Ericka Lutz on said:

      Oh good lord No wonder I m reading this book so slowly I have to keep putting it down and fanning myself Here s the young Michelangelo carving marble for the first time He had removed the outer shell Now he dug into the mass, entered in the biblical sense Really He s fucking the marble Apparently, yes In this act of creation there was needed the thrust, the penetration, the beating and pulsating upward to a mighty climax, the total possession It was not merely an act of love, it was the act of l [...]

    3. Debbie Lazar on said:

      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 [...]

    4. Emily on said:

      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 quote from his death bed Life has been good God did not create me to abandon me I have loved marble, yes, and paint too I have loved architecture, and poetry too I have loved my family and my friends [...]

    5. Debbie Zapata on said:

      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 of Popes, all of whom keep Michelangelo on a short leash I c [...]

    6. Chrissie on said:

      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 V,the 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 [...]

    7. Solveig Wherrity Granath on said:

      This is a book I got in Florence after having admired the works of Michelangelo A wonderful reading experience I found myself reading slower and slower towards the end, because I did not want to finish reading the book Every time I opened it and started reading, it was like entering a secret gate to 16th century Italy.

    8. Alicja on said:

      rating 4.5 5 I have conflicted feelings regarding this novel There is just so much to love, so much that has made a profound emotional and intellectual impact on me And yet in some aspects it seems incomplete, the presentation of Michelangelo Buonarroti s character is lacking a dimension I must clarify something before I go on, even though reading this book required research into Michelangelo s artwork and the politics during the period of Renaissance during which he lived, I am by no means qual [...]

    9. Book Concierge on said:

      Audiobook read by Arthur Morey.Stone s epic historical novel tells the life story of Michelangelo Stone did extensive research, living in Italy for several years, and using many of Michelangelo s letters and documents found in various archives He really brings the artist and his works to life While most of us are familiar with his Pieta and David sculptures, and the Sistine Chapel paintings frescoes, Michelangelo was also an accomplished poet and architect Stone brings all these elements into th [...]

    10. Negin on said:

      This is a thoroughly well researched historical novel about the life of Michelangelo What an incredible time in history Michelangelo was definitely passionate and driven when it came to his art He finished the Piet when he was just twenty five years old This depicts the body of Christ on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion Detail of Piet He finished the statue of David before he was thirty Sculpting marble was what he loved most and most of his works were sculptures He painted the S [...]

    11. Mary Kathryn on said:

      In the wake ofThe Da Vinci Code, the field of art history has had a curious relationship with pop culture, especially mainstream literature These books remain infinitely accessible to readers than scholarly writings, and are marketed as if they carry the same amount of factual evidence, but with an enticing story so no one gets bored overlooking the fact that the subjects were real people, and even as geniuses, were inherently boring.The result is a public that feels informed, but in fact has a [...]

    12. Judy on said:

      My reading list for 1961 started with this fictional biography of Michelangelo It was the 1 bestseller that year, demonstrating that readers found a huge fat book about a renaissance artist worthy of their time and dollars in the early part of such a momentous decade.The whole novel is a moving testament to art, artists, and the creative life Michelangelo was never as famous or wealthy as other artists during his lifetime For one thing, he was not a good businessman and cared not a whit for mone [...]

    13. Rajat on said:

      It s a brilliant thoroughly researched account of a multi talented artist who suffered and worked till extremities Michelangelo s life and his artwork is truly inspiring He did everything what he believed he could not or should I say he was made to do it by pontiffs Nonetheless, he excelled in everything.Too many Italian names while reading becomes a little annoying but then I got used to it gradually Highly recommended.

    14. Alex on said:

      I liked the book I found 3 4 of this book really great and captivating the last fourth was still ok, but in comparison to the first part, which was detailed, was a bit dissapointing It is of course very complicated to cover almost 90 years in only 800 pages this old romanian edition but Irving Stone still did a good job With this book in mind, i am sure next time when I visit Florence and Rom I will look at all these marvels with a different eye So I liked it, but I found the book about Van Gog [...]

    15. Candy on said:

      A fascinating read My only regret That I didn t read it before I visited Rome However, it now gives me a reason to revisit Rome, and definitely head to Florence before I forget everything This book was written in the 1960 s, so I have no idea what has taken me so long to read it It was recently recommended to me by a friend of mine while we were touring a museum She mentioned it was one of her favorites, so I put it on my must read list.Irving Stone brings the characters and those times to life [...]

    16. Jen on said:

      It took me a while to get through this huge tome just over a year but once I got into it, I sped through it pretty quickly The first third took me a year and the last 2 3 took me a couple weeks Ha I loved Michelangelo s character He was so devoted to his art, so passionate, so driven Witnessing his love for his work was a delight It was a bit difficult to keep track of so many names, especially since many were similar over the course of his life which Lorenzo are we talking about here But the bo [...]

    17. Clif Hostetler on said:

      This is a long classic 664 pages, 34 hours audio historical novel about the life of Michaelangelo It s been on my informal to read list ever since it was first published in the late 50s It s a relief to finally place it in the read category Michaelangelo is portrayed in this book as being very passionate about his art He obviously was born with an abundance of talent, but he was also driven to always do his best An example of his drive to perfection was his decision of paint the Sistine ceiling [...]

    18. Nataša on said:

      Mo da bih nakon Agonije i ekstaze mogla re i da mi je omiljeni anr, ako izuzmemo klasike, definitivno romansirana biografija Nisam neki poznavalac umetnosti, pa mi upravo knjige poput ove pru aju mogu nost da spojim lepo i korisno u ivam u itanju, istovremeno u e i o umetnosti Istina je da sam odugovla ila sa njom ne zato to nije lagano tivo, naprotiv , ali sam zaista u ivala, stapala se sa pri om, vizualizirala predele o kojima je pisano, gradove, trgove, ulice tra ila po internetu fotografije [...]

    19. Tyler on said:

      My wife loved this book I found the insights into the Medici family and into the culture of Italy at that time to be very interesting But I found the details of Michelangolo s life to be a bit overworked I don t think Mr Stone really had to give insight for the reader into EVERY significant work of his life After a while we come to understand the emotional process that he went through with each work without having to experience it over and over.I was also rather disturbed by the author s awkward [...]

    20. Dianna on said:

      I didn t finish this book But the one star doesn t mean that I thought it was a bad book I just didn t like it It was beautifully written and I found it compelling to read, but I was disappointed with how erotic it was in places Early on Stone describes Michelangelo s experience with sculpting as if it were a sexual act Then, when there was a real sexual encounter, I skipped the paragraph that described the act A couple of words jumped out at me, however, and it was clear the description was tit [...]

    21. Chrisl on said:

      The only Irving Stone story I ve re read, and re read Get a re read urge just pasting the copied Kirkus KIRKUS REVIEWWhile previous works on Michelangelo either never fulfilled the picture of the man or were beyond the means of the average reader, this extraordinary work is fully rewarding on every count Against the surging many threaded setting of the Renaissance, Michelangelo emerges with his own many sided genius In addition, Stone writes out of intimate personal acquaintance with techniques [...]

    22. kaśyap on said:

      A very detailed and thoroughly researched biographical novel of Michelangelo Portrays his struggles and thoughts during the creation of each of his works Paints a vivid picture of the life and politics during Italian renaissance.My only problem with this novel was that there were a ridiculous number of characters with similar sounding Italian names, and I soon lost track of who s who except for some main ones.

    23. Whitney on said:

      I learned SO MUCH about Michelangelo I wouldn t say the reading experience was always fun, but I do feel smarter

    24. Jennifer on said:

      I ve been longing for this day for three weeks now When I started this book I couldn t wait for it to end Not to find out the ending, but to be finished with the book I really don t understand why so many people love this book I feel that the information could have been condensed into a much smaller and interesting book The first 100 pages I was so totally bored I really wanted to stop reading it, but it was my book club s selection so I decided to power through I felt like I was reading a text [...]

    25. Rendi Hahn on said:

      This novel is a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of Michelangelo artist, poet, architect It s a sad look at the religious world during that time corrupt popes, religious wars, etc It also highlights the shift to humanism in thinking and outlook.Pluses wonderful portrait of Michelangelo as a complex human being with hopes, dreams, family troubles, money troubles, yet driven by God to create or as he would put it, to uncover art that was already present I learned a lot about the history [...]

    26. angelle on said:

      The Agony and the Ecstasy 1961 is a biographical novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti written by one of my favorite American authors Irving Stone I am always amazed at how he does his research For this book he 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 I read that a primary source for the novel is Michelangelo s correspondence, all 495 letters of which Stone had translated from Italian by Charl [...]

    27. BAM The Bibliomaniac on said:

      I kept this book in my read and trade in pile I think I ve changed my mind about the trade in part I was constantly googling Michelangelo s works to study what was described on the pages What a prolific artist painter, sculptor, poet, architect His money grubbing family kept him meek and poor, but he was never without imagination God surely blessed him We no longer have artists alive who can live to his standards it s a great sadness.

    28. Tracy on said:

      I loved this book It mixed a good amount of history in with the story of Michaelangelo I felt as frustrated as I think he was when he did not get to finish one of his pieces for thirty years because a new Pope had him on a mission Very entertaining and insightful.

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