ISBN 9780451171351,The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo


Irving Stone


Penguin Books



Penguin Books

Publication Year 1987

ISBN 9780451171351

ISBN-10 0451171357


Number of Pages 776 Pages
Language (English)


In the wake of the Renaissance, amidst the turbulence and chaos of artists trying to make a living and the Church's tribulations as warring Popes, the de'Medici family and the crazed monk Savonarola clashed constantly, one man was about to rewrite history. He was a born lover of women, and his charisma and talent drew beauties such as the daughter of Lorenzo de'Medici himself, and the melancholic and gorgeous Vittoria Colonna. He was born into a family of small-scale bankers in the heart of Tuscany. Despite his parents' hope that he would study grammar, the boy had other things in mind. Destiny had decided that the world needed a sculptor, an artist like it had never seen before. It found him in this boy, this man who would be driven by the Church and by his own insane dedication to his work to create some of the greatest works of art in history. That man was Michelangelo Buonarroti, and this is his story.

About Irving Stone

Irving Stone was an American writer, known for his biographical novels. He has also written Lust For Life, the biography of Vincent Van Gogh and Dear Theo, a collection of Van Gogh's letters to his brother.

The Agony and the Ecstasy was adapted into a 1965 film starring Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison.