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The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
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Sep 11, 2011

it was amazing

Thanks to my dear friend Patty for recommending this to me while we were standing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art! I know this is an older book but I can't believe I have missed out on reading it all these years! Michelangelo and all his Medici buddies/fremenies really came alive for me in this historical piece. I was really caught up in (and sometimes confused by) all the political-religious activity going on during this time period. Thank goodness for Google so I could see each piece after he completed it in the book--Stone's descriptions added many dimensions to the finished artwork. I was impressed by Stone's take on Michelangelo as an ultimately godly man who just wanted to get his hands on a piece of marble. He accomplished so much more than I ever realized--road-building, designing St. Peter's, etc. This was a wonderful trip back in time which re-awakened me to the beauty of Michelangelo's creations.

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message 1: by Patricia (new)

Patricia I'm so glad you liked it. I keep thinking of re-reading it b/c it was so powerful.

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