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The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
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Sep 26, 2009

really liked it
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Read in September, 2009

It took me nearly 9 months to finish this book. They don't publish books like this anymore. The level of detail is too much for the average reader, for good reason. This is the story of Michaelangelo. It made me want to go to Italy, immediately, to revisit these works. (I've seen many but now I have tremendous context.) He was an amazing artist in every sense of the word. The book details the creation of all his major works but also the politics of the time and how that changed his focus and direction. Details is the right word, from the attendees at every dinner party he reluctantly attended, to every marble chip he chiseled away, we have it all. It made it slow, almost boring. But the brilliance that was Michaelangelo shined through.

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