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.
©1987 Irving Stone (P)2012 Random House
Absolutely loved this book. Stone weaves a wonderful story, effectively combining history, biography and fiction. Although I had read the book many, many years ago, listening made me appreciate Michelangelo's work (and that of his contemporaries) even more. Narration was excellent. Overall a must listen for anyone who loves art or wants to learn more about it.
This is trully such a great listen on almost all levels.Its emotional,intellectualy satisfying,historicly wonderous,spiritual.ect.ect...Also I strongly disagree with the reviews trashing the narrator.I found him wonderful and even hunted for other books he's read...this realy is a great audiobook...enjoy.
One of the best, I'm and artist and I've listened to The Agony and The Ecstasy for years on books on tape, but tapes wore out so I ordered the audio book and am very pleased with it.
How much I identify with Michelangelo, the only difference between us is that he was a genius and a great artist, I'm not a genius and I'm only a good artist, also the historical significance.
Feeling and emotion
After Michelangelo finished the Pieta' and his friends helped him place it, he later came back and put his name on it. The most moving part of the book to me was when he rode away. He had completed one of the greatest pieces of art ever conceived and there was no one there. He and his few friends were the only ones who knew what he had accomplished. I cry every time I get to this part in this wonderful story. I have a tear in my eye right now.
Yes, it speaks clearly, pronounces things right, and is at a good pace.
Good audio book. You just need to focus on listening because it is very long.
Middle Path Helmsman
I got this because I love renaissance art and I'm fairly fond of the movie inspired by this book. This is a thousand times better. The story of Michaelangelo 's life is one of so much conflict and passion and the narration fits to a T. This is a must have book for any art lover.
If you have an interest in art or history, you must get this most enjoyable book. Although it seemed daunting to think about all the hours I would spend listening to 134 chapters, they flew by as I accomplished more carvings in less time than I imagined.....following the agonies and ecstasies of one of the most brilliant artists ever to live in this most artistically prolific period of time in history.
Irving Stone was such an accomplished author. I only wish Audible would make more of his books available.
Don't view any piece created by Michelangelo before reading this book. A new vision and understanding will accompany your experience the next time you view a Michelangelo sculpture, painting, or building.
Awe inspiring! Who has not heard of at least some of Michelangelo's works? But reading this incredible story of Michelangelo and the world in which he lived will change how you look at not only his art but the art of many other artists. Every one who aspires to be an artist or even just loves and treasures art in any form will be inspired and even blown away.
Exquisitely beautiful. Telling the story of Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists to ever live, this book itself was a work of art. When Michelangelo carved Mary, Jesus, David, Hercules, etc, he would read about them and fill in the blanks with his own construction of what they thought or felt. He tried to sculpt that feeling for the viewer to see. Think of the sculpture of Jesus, twisted and in despair at his fate or Mary in despair with the knowledge Jesus would die. Michelangelo brought his heartbreakingly beautiful reality to life (I am an atheist and I cannot look at the Pieta without crying). Just as Michelangelo chipped away Carrara marble to reveal his truth, Irving Stone constructed and revealed his truth about Michelangelo. Weaving a beautiful story of Michelangelo's life, Stone captivated me and made me fall in love with each page. I felt as if I were back in Florence and Rome, taking the steps that Michelangelo took, living the life he led, feeling the feelings he might have felt.
I highly recommend pulling up images of the various pieces of art on the computer while you read this story. It made it that much more powerful. A+
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