Since we were planning a trip to Tuscany, it seemed logical to read Irving Stone's "The Agony and the Ecstasy." It's a long book (over 700 pages) and I can't say it was hard to put down. To be fair, it is an extremely well-researched book. Stone spent years living in Italy studying Michelangelo's life. He had the artist's letters, records, and contracts translated into English and reportedly apprenticed himself to a sculptor to try and understand the practical aspects of the art. I don't know much … more
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