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[[ Read Pdf ]] õ The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo õ Celebrating The Th Anniversary Of Michelangelo S David, New American Library Releases A Special Edition Of Irving Stone S Classic Biographical 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 Portrait Of Michelangelo S Dangerous, Impassioned Loves, And The God Driven Fury From Which He Wrested The Greatest Art The World Has Ever Known Sul treno per andare al Carnevale di Venezia, con il mio fidanzato di allora circa fine anni 80, lui prende lo zaino e ne tira fuori un volumone grosso grosso cui facevo il filo da un po e me lo porge Apprezzai tantissimo il dono ma soprattutto pensai che adesso avremmo dovuto girare per due giorni attraverso le calli Veneziane tra Maschere, madamine e frittelle, gravati di un peso aggiuntivo nella borsa Mi sono sempre chiesta ma aspettare a darmelo al ritorno magari no Ah quell incredibile fantasia visionaria degli Acquari e il loro fantastico senso di irrealt A prescindere dal piacevole ricordo, una biografia di Michelangelo Buonarroti bellissima. 4.5 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 create that existed 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 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 forever.Donatello 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 is.That 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 have ever known the name Michelangelo.Everyone 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 enough to afford sculptures were only interested in old Greek statues, freshly pulled from their earthy graves Michelangelo tried he really did try to do what 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 close enough to catch the whispers of who was in the stoneHe 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 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 his entire 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 era, took the young Michelangelo under his protection and allowed him the freedom to express 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 required of him was to stay out of the young artist s way It was quite 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 engineer, and most famously a phewy , let me get the paint off my tongue, the painter of the Sistine Chapel Michelangelo was also a poet, not just a dabbler, but a really accomplished poet Were it mine, that shaggy fleece that stays,Woven and wrought into a vestment fair,Around her beauteous bosom in such bliss ALl 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 sculptingI 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 exciting must be absolutely still Perhaps you just haven t put them in the proper positions Michelangelo was not immune to the allures of womenShe makes my flesh crawl I mean the flesh inside my fleshHe had affairs with women, lifelong affairs that, even when they hadn t seen each other in decades, their desire for each other still burned with a soft flame They were women impossible to be with crafty he was , either 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 Swan.He was a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael Da Vinci is held up as the prime 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 knew each other, but had little to do with each other Michelangelo was such a loner He was always so focused on his 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 art 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 ethic and perseverance His ideas consumed him, but even 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 at 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 timeHe had removed the outer shell Now he dug into the mass, entered in the biblical senseReally He s fucking the marble Apparently, yesIn 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 artDoes anybody have a cigarette Two weeks later Finally finished Four stars as promised, it s full of agony, it s full of ecstasy It s very full of history Very enjoyable, and I learned a huge amount But the writing is just so overwrought that I removed a star. The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving StoneThe Agony and the Ecstasy 1961 is a biographical novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti written by American author Irving Stone Stone lived in Italy for years visiting many of the locations in Rome and Florence, worked in marble quarries, and apprenticed himself to a marble sculptor A primary source for the novel is Michelangelo s correspondence, all 495 letters of which Stone had translated from Italian by Charles Speroni and published in 1962 as I, Michelangelo, Sculptor Stone also collaborated with Canadian sculptor Stanley Lewis, who researched Michelangelo s carving technique and tools The Italian government lauded Stone with several honorary awards for his cultural achievements highlighting Italian history 1978 1343 570 1344 1357 1361 567 1395 704 9789640018309 1475 1546 20 1372 1300 9643311961 1379 1393 656 9789642201389 1475 1505 1534 18 1564 1489 1492 1492 1493 1496 1497 1498 1499 1501 1504 1505 1515 1508 1512 1520 1534 1524 1526 1534 1541 1547.