Michelangelo’s life captured in a captivating biographical novel

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Michelangelo’s life captured in a captivating biographical novel
David, 1501–1504
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) is known as the greatest artists from the Renaissance period (the XIV-XVI centuries) and his tumultuous life doesn’t stop to captivate the art fans till this day.
The writer Irving Stone managed to beautifully capture his complexity in the biographical novel The Agony and the Ecstasy, first published in 1961.

The writer’s approach

Michelangelo’s life captured in a captivating biographical novel
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What makes this book so fascinating is the fact that Irving Stone describes in a detailed and very accurate manner Michelangelo’s most intimate thoughts and feelings, but also his complex way of designing and making his artwork come to life.
The well-documented novel is also a rich source of historical information about Italy’s social, political, and artistic situation in the Renaissance period.

An impressive life story

Michelangelo was born in 1475 and grew up in Florence, a center of the early Renaissance movement. He became an apprentice at the age of 13 and after demonstrating great talent he was taken under the protection of Lorenzo de Medici, the ruler of the Florentine Republic and one of the most known art patrons.
Michelangelo’s life captured in a captivating biographical novel
Pietà, 1498–1499
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Irving Stone’s book gives us the opportunity to take a close look at Michelangelo’s special relation with the Medici family and also at the fervent intellectual activity that took place in their house.
We also have here the chance to find out more about his artistic relation with Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) who was also one of the Renaissance leading artists, and a great influence for Michelangelo.

The artwork of a genius

In terms of his artwork, the novel offers us a unique opportunity to assist at the creation of one of the most important paintings and sculptures that Michelangelo created with an amazing passion and dedication. Some of them are Pietà, DavidMoses, and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo’s life captured in a captivating biographical novel
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, 1508–1512
While reading this novel I also felt like talking with the artist himself and sharing his most intimate feelings and thoughts, that we talked about like two close friends because this is the general feeling Irving Stone created in his writing.
Michelangelo is also known as a talented and sensitive poet and the novel will not fail to captivate you through his beautifully written sonnets too.
Michelangelo’s life captured in a captivating biographical novel
Moses, 1513–1515
To his last days of life, Michelangelo worked day and night at his amazing artwork and I think that The Agony and the Ecstasy is one of the best ways to know all about this genius painter, architect, sculptor, and poet that was Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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