The Agony and the Ecstasy


The biography of Michelangelo Buanorotti unarguably the greatest sculptor that mankind has ever known. Beautifully researched, this book by Irving Stone stands out for bringing to life one of the greatest artists ever. His passion towards his craft especially sculpting was immense whilst he was also a painter and later in life an architect as well. He loved three women in life, but unfortunately got to spend very little of his days with him. Some of his greatest works are well known world over and people travel from all the world to see it – David, Sistine Chapel, Pieta, Julius (bronze sculpture, which got melted in war), The Last Judgment, Genesis, Madonna of the Bruges, Cupid, The Deluge, Bacchus, Doni Tondo – these are magnificient piece of art even to this day. The intensity of the man, undying love towards his craft and his humaneness comes out very clearly in this most beautiful book written by Irving Stone. Goodreads 5/5

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