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. This book has sparked a deeper interest in me for art and design, and now for a newfound love: Thank you, Irving Stone, for this masterpiece of a book.
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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 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. 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.. What could I read to be on par with Mr. 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. 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.
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. One person found this helpful. 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.
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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. 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. I do not recommend this particular publication. 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.
The Agony and the Ecstasy: more passion would've been less painful
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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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The film begins with a formal minute history lesson on Michelangelo's life and work. This piece of information now does little but give historians conniptions at the thought someone might have dropped it on the way. The intent to inform is laudable, but a fictional film should really be able to convey its subject without a lecture — and this lecture sets a regrettably pompous tone that infects the rest of the movie.
Just as you're wondering whether you've started watching a documentary by mistake, Rex Harrison rides onscreen as Pope Julius II and gets on with conquering cities, prancing about in white robes and graciously throwing coins at poor people. Julius takes Michelangelo Charlton Heston to a chapel. After 45 minutes of nothing much happening, there's finally some drama when Michelangelo gets drunk and decides his first set of frescoes are duff.
He sloshes red paint all over them and flounces off. The film is right that the pope and Michelangelo had a fraught relationship, and that the artist considered his original commission too limiting. Wandering in the marble quarries of Carrara, Michelangelo ascends a mountain and sees in the clouds the faces of God and Adam, which he will later paint on the Sistine ceiling. Heston played Moses in The Ten Commandments the same year this film came out; the parallels aren't subtle. The film breaks for an intermission and grandiose entr'acte music.
An intermission isn't usually necessary midway through a two-hour movie, but this one is quite boring — so you might appreciate the opportunity to do something else for a bit. That's as far as the film goes, concluding that Michelangelo's genius was so all-consuming that he had no energy left for love or sex.