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Video Game Addiction Worldwide eReate thatxisted in the young Michelangelo did not come from tradition but from a new flame within him He wanted to become a sculptor in an age when sculpting was nearly House Of Stone extinct He wanted a chisel in his hand not a paintbrush He wanted white chips beneath his feet He wanted to be immortal After all fire water and the passage of time destroyed paint but stone lasted foreverDonatello died in 1466 but despite never meeting him or receiving the benefit of his teaching the influence of Donatello was undeniable Much later when Michelangelo got the chance to carve a statue that was supposed to represent Florence he knew that it must be David I was mesmerized by David s hand when I took this picture in Florence back in 1992 You must see the statue in person to fully comprehend how amazing it isThat statue grew beyond representing Florence To many historians that statue symbolizes the whole Renaissance The title of this book The Agony and the Ecstasy makes me think of a daytime soap opera with overblown tragedy and illicit affairs driving the daily plot The life of Michelangelo certainly reflects the title There are so many twists and turns in the narrative of this artist s life There are so many critical moments where if fate had intervened differently the world might not havever known the name MichelangeloEveryone wanted him to paint because that was what was in fashion He could make a living painting No one was interested in buying new marble statues Buyers rich Blood Magic enough to afford sculptures were only interested in old Greek statues freshly pulled from theirarthy graves Michelangelo tried he really did try to do what Gotcha everyone wanted him to do but the only time he truly felt alive truly felt he was fulfilling his mission in life was when he was liberating a figure from stone The marble called to him and once his hands were on the stone he merely had to lean closenough to catch the whispers of who was in the stone He had the impression that no matter how honestly a sculptor designed it would come to nothing if it did not agree with the basic nature of the block In this sense a sculptor could never be completely master of his fate as a painter could be Paint was fluid it could bend around corners Marble was solidity itself The marble sculptor had to accept the rigorous discipline of a partnership The marble and he were one They spoke to Crayon Shinchan Vol 37 each other And for him the feel of marble was the supreme sensation No gratification of any other sense taste sight sound smell could approach it Irving Stone waited six years to begin writing this novel He arranged for Dr Charles Speroni an Italian professor at the University of California to translate all four hundred and ninety five surviving Michelangelo letters as well as the records and art contracts that he kept Stone wanted to be sure that the portrait he carved of Michelangelo by writing this book was based on as much hard data as he could find Irving also to add authenticity lived in Italy for several years as he was working on this novel so that he could see taste and feel the world that made Michelangelo Irving StoneSome would disagree with Stone s positive portrayal of Lorenzo de Medici but any man who collects ten thousand books and manuscripts to form the largest library since Alexandria is going to receive veneration than cynicism from me He held Florence together for hisntire life without holding any office as did his father and his grandfather He wasn t the last of the great de Medici s but let s just say that there was a long drought after his death His successor his oldest son was known as Piero the Unfortunate if that gives you any indication of how well he followed the father known as The Magnificent Lorenzo as he did for many artists of the An English Commentary On The Rhesus Medea Hippolytus Alcestis Heraclidae Supplices And Troades Of Euripides era took the young Michelangelo under his protection and allowed him the freedom toxpress himself in stone He recognized the passion in the young man Unlike many powerful people that Michelangelo was going to be forced to work with Lorenzo understood that all that was reuired of him was to stay out of the young artist s way It was uite the contrast with one of the later popes that Michelangelo worked for Julius II insisted that he produce just about anything but stone sculptures He forced him to be a bronze caster an architect an ngineer and most famously a phewy let me get the paint off my tongue the painter of The Sistine Chapel Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Michelangelo also a poet not just a dabbler but a really accomplished poet Were it mine that shaggy fleece that staysWoven and wrought into a vestment fairAround her beauteous bosom in such blissALl through the day she d clasp me Would I wereThe shoes that bear her burden When the ways Were wet with rain her feet I then would kiss Michelangelo liked women but preferred males for sculpting I find all beauty and structural power in the male Take a man in any action jumping wrestling throwing a spear plowing bend him into any position and the muscles the distribution of weight and tension have their symmetry For me a woman to be beautiful or xciting must be absolutely still Perhaps you just haven t put them in the proper positions Michelangelo was not immune to the allures of women She makes my flesh crawl I mean the flesh inside my flesh He had affairs with women lifelong affairs that Reflections On Behaviorism And Society even when they hadn t seenach other in decades their desire for Designing Disney each other still burned with a soft flame They were women impossible to be with crafty he wasither because of their station in life or in one case because she was the mistress of a powerful man He had no interest in marriage He would have made a poor husband after all He could love them but he would always cheat on them with the white marble flesh of his craft Michelangelo was feeling a bit lustful when he created this version of the fable of Leda and the SwanHe was a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael Da Vinci is held up as the prime Prosecuted But Not Silenced example of a Renaissance man certainly deserved but until I read this book I d forgotten just how much alike he and Michelangelo were in the breadth of their abilities These three talented men knewach other but had little to do with ach other Michelangelo was such a loner He was always so focused on to do with ach other Michelangelo was such a loner He was always so focused on current project and usually pining for other projects already bubbling in his mind By the time Mich after spending this much time with him I feel I can take a few liberties with a nickname died he had 80 years worth of projects designed and ready to be made Man Passes Only Works Of Only works of are immortal You will feel like you know Michelangelo by the time you finish this book Irving Stone casts his spells and puts flesh on the bones of a long dead artist and made me feel like I was walking the streets of Bologna Florence and Rome with my hand on the shoulder of a genius So much so that at one point I blew my nose and found only marble dust in the tissue I ll put my hand in fire if it s not true I was most impressed with Michelangelo s work Oh Brother Oh Sister ethic and perseverance His ideas consumed him butven when he had to leave his true calling because of the whims of powerful men whatever task they asked him to do he did it to the very best of his abilities Even unpleasant tasks he felt had to be done right They had to be done with artistry and genius If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page Rtrait of Michelangelo’s dangerous impassioned loves and the God driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ver known. .



This is a book I got in Florence after having admired the works of Michelangelo A wonderful reading xperience I found myself reading slower and slower towards the nd because I did not want to finish reading the book Every time I opened it and started reading it was like ntering a secret gate to 16th century Italy 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 Vthe 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 Michelangelo He became very real to me I really did come to care for him I admire his passion for sculpture his determination to do any job whether he liked it or not to his best ability I admire his loyalty to his friends and family Why not 5 stars Well that is because the writing style had no magic It didn t sparkle You get a history text book albeit Henri Cartier Bresson engagingly told Through page 551Previously I said that I was not really drawn into caring about the main characters That is no longer true I totally love Michelangelo Wow what a guy My heart bleeds for himThrough page 501 If the Pope wants you to make a bronze statue well then you make a bronze statue If the Pope wants you to paint what choice do you have but to paint I admire Michelangelo s attempts to oppose Pope Julius Irving Stone s The Agony and the Ecstasy was a magnificent literary biographical novel of the renowned and beloved artist Michelangelo It beautifully details the complexity not only of the man but a lifetime of his works including the many and famous sculptures from Carrara marble paintings frescos and architecture not only in I took delight in the legend I cherished just as much the reality A remarkable wonderful and true story telling about Agony and Ecstasy And to the samextent I liked the constant striving to split up from the The Extremely Unfortunate Skull Valley Incident existence of this demiurge thexact detail from the legend itselfAnd yet however impressive is in its proportions the list of titles of books dedicated to the life and creation work of the great Florentine artist despite researches and although numerous papers have been brought out to light in the nearly five centuries that separate us from his death we cannot help looking with astonishment at the personality of the one who is gloriously identified with the Grace Happens era of passion and of striving to the truth which is the RenaissanceThe legend perhaps took birth on that day of September 19 1510 when Pope Julius II commanded to take down the scaffolding from the Sistine Chapel To the frightfulyes of those present it was revealed a real struggle of the man and the universe His creation the unravelling of the Beyond All Reason elements from the primordial chaos the firstncounter of shadow and light the first gesture of man worn and pained a whole tragic popee this is what brought Michelangelo from the biblical legend and the gift of his time Not only the bodies of men were tailored down to new canons healthy and powerful bodies dominating in a glorious strain the whole scene of Genesis The inner dimensions of this new god the man the creator of the world were of greatness that surpassed that of ancient or biblical divinitiesA supreme homage to the human personality the fresco on the Sistine vault was a moment full of significance in the history of the Renaissance It levates a passionate hymn of pure magnificent human beauty The artist was confused ven by his contemporaries with his work thus becoming a mythical hero His creation is overwhelming so the rather short and frail man began to resemble his characters and crossed the time being represented in the posterity consciousness with a healthy and high athlete with large shoulders resembling his Moses and David and not as Nicodim the short and with crooked nose the self portrait Of Pieta From Florence This Is Undoubtedly A Side Aspect Pieta from Florence This is undoubtedly a side aspect legend of Michelangelo ncompassed not only life but also part of his workIrving Stone sought to restore the truth in the most louent Circumstances Of A Life Of of a life of and cstasy Agony in the original sense of the word that is of battle that Milton once used to portray another titan Samson Agonistes As for the sources of Michelangelo s creation interpretations of its meanings the writer sometimes inclines which after all is normal within the genre chosen by Stone to spectacular solutions It is tempting for The Marvel Super Heroes Guide Book example to speak for such a tumultuous passionate personality about the breaking of any bridge between his creation work and the older traditions And since most of the artist s work famous researchers have contributed to the prolongation of the legend to the preservation of this myth of Michelangelo sxistence or even to some imprecision in the appreciation of his work it is ually understood that an to some imprecision in the appreciation of his work it is ually understood that an of romantic biographies such is Irving Stone could not afford to give up the charming pages that such an occasion could have provided him withThe ideal of the artist approaches that of Donatello rejecting the picturesue and gentle in the art of his first master Ghirlandaio It has Giovanni Bertoldo as master of the art of sculpture who was Donatello s apprentice Along with the modest Bertoldo his 15th century masters will be the sculptors of the Greek and Roman antiuities whose works will 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 can only imagine what he could have created if he had been allowed to concentrate on the marble the way he so intensely desired to do But Mountain Man Mountain Man 1 every Pope from Julius II to Pius IVxpected Michelangelo to create specific projects just for them For Hola Amigos example he never wanted to paint the Sistine Chapel he was ordered to do that job with the promise that when he was done he could return to his sculpture He couldasily have given less than 100% of himself to the work but Michelangelo was a true artist Plus he also knew that He was a victim of his own integrity which forced him to do his best Their Words Are Music even when he would have preferred to do nothing at all So he created a treasure for the ages And did sovery time he was forced away from his one true passion working the marbleMy reading of the book this time was Manikam Kalbu enriched by keeping my laptop nearby and referring to it freuently I researched artists whose work influenced Michelangelo such as Donatello whose bronze David left our young artist speechless when he first saw it I would stop reading many times just toxamine the pictures of Michelangelo s works Stone has freuent passages describing the thought process as Michelangelo developed his ideas for ach piece then the physical act of creation where man and stone seemed to merge Although I have to admit that the author s descriptions of the. 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Actual sculpting did seem a bit over the top I can understand the creation metaphors but Stone s intensely sexual language in these sections felt than a little creepy But the point is that to go from the printed page to a computer image of the piece was amazing and helped me appreciate the details of the artwork Michelangelo s genius and Principles Of Wood Science And Technology even my computer better thanverHere is a link to see a full sized 1910 replica of David placed in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence where the original statue stood until 1873 when it was moved inside the Galleria dell Accademia Florence where it remains today It wasn t until I saw this picture that I truly realized just how gigantic the David is Look at the people next to it They look so tiny And just think Michelangelo was not a big burly man the kind I have always imagined a sculptor to be He wasn t The Greeks Chosen Wife even a tall thin man like Charlton Heston who played the role in the movie of this book Michelangelo was only five feet four inches tall and when working obsessively the only way he knew how he weighed less than 100 pounds of pure muscle and will power by the time he was finished And yet he was a true giant of hisra and for all time Even with Art History 101 under my belt I was shocked to learn of his monumental contributions to sculpture paint architecture and ven politics But I was ven inspired by the incredible challenges he overcame throughout all of his 90 years of life Nothing came Infectious Diseases Infectious Diseases easy What an inspiration Here is a uote from his death bedLife 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 I have loved God the forms of thearth and the heavens and people too I have loved life to the full and now I love death as its natural termination Il Magnifico would be happy for me the forces of destruction never overcame creativityIt took me 13 months to read this book and I will miss it him PS If you are going to read it make a chart with four columns Family Medici Friends Enemies There are many people with long Italian names and they all remain relevant throughout his life At the age of thirteen Michelangelo nters the workshop of painter Ghirlandaio and studies the fresco painting techniue Son of a surly bourgeois father of noble descent lost his mother at an arly age Michelangelo Archies Double Digest The Archie Digest Library No 147 eventually becomes fascinated by the texture of marble and wishes to release the trapped forms which according to his neo Platonic worldview are already hidden inside the raw materialA book is not bignough to fit the magnitude of Michelangelo Buonarroti s artistic genius the complexity of his character and the interpretation of his immense work Irving Stone does an Les Misrables exuisite work in presenting the life and deeds of the great sculptor and painter who produced masterpieces such as the Piet of St Peter s Basilica the Giant David of Florence and Cappella Sistina s frescoes 776 Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 1564 Irving Stone Piet Cappella Sistina Irving Stone 495 Michelangelo Ghirlandaio fresco Lorenzo dei Medici Marsilio Ficino Christoforo Landino Angelo Poliziano Picco della Mirandola Girolamo Savonarola Lorenzo dei Medici Bertoldo di Giovanni Donatello Michelangelo Santo Spirito Bichiellini Irving Stone Michelangelo Pietro Aretino La carne terra ui l ossa mia privede lor begli occhi A History Of The Inquisition Of The Middle Ages Complete Volume 1 2 And 3 e del leggiadro aspettofan fede a uel ch i fu grazia nel lettoche abbracciava n che l anima vive Michelangelo Cecchino dei Bracci Doni Tondo Sagrestia Nuova Cappella Sistina Ignudi Michelangelo Piet Rondanini Leonardo da Vinci Palazzo Vecchio Raphael Vittoria Colonna Michelangelo Buonarroti Michaelangelus Bonarotus Florentinus Faciebat 25 200% Goodreads crashed on me I didn t realize the five stars were posted
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not my 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 treacherous friends and above all this fierce passion for his art Dead Season especially sculpture He was born with a gift and a genius that he acted on He was passionate cranky demanding willful opinionated determined driven and unwilling to accept anything short of perfection Yet he did what he needed to do to pay the bills sometimes setting his pet projects aside for years For the first time in my life I am interested in visiting the Sistine Chapel to see his painstakingly and brilliantlyxecuted ceiling frescoe and to view his famous marble sculpture of David with the broken arm Plus on occasion I m a sucker for Find You And You Find Everything epic historical novels Michelangelo lived from 1475 1565 which was a fascinating period of history Christopher Columbus gets mentioned in passing some guy who recently set sail in three tiny ships westbound to find India Raphael and so many other famous names from the Renaissance Michelangelo had no use for Leonardo da Vinci whom he considered to be a society seeking dandy and snob I think most of this information is probably true as the book wasxtremely well researched with lots of primary sources such as Michelangelo s 400 lettersThe book also gets inside his head as an artist as he designs and Stripped Down Dangerous 2 executes all of his workspecially his most beloved marble sculptures I had no idea there are so many grades of marble and never thought about how arduous it was to A Voice Within extract the right marble out of the Roman hills Or to move the finished sculptures to their designated locationsThe dense writing and length 760 pages made it a slog for me to get through but anxciting slog and I find myself thinking a lot about it That s why I gave it five stars 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 Soviet Marxism 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 love the mating of his own inner patterns to the inherent forms of the marble an insemination in which he planted seed created the living work of art Does anybody have a cigaretteTwo weeks later Finally finished Four stars as promised it s full of agony it s full ofcstasy It s very full of history Very njoyable and I learned a huge amount But the writing is just so overwrought that I removed a star 45 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 take full flight His family was an ancient family as old as the famous Medici family but they have fallen on hard times by the time Michelangelo s father became the patriarch There had never been artists in the family so the desire nay the need to Phical 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 po.
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The Agony and the Ecstasy A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo