The Agony and the Ecstasy: A biographical novel of Michelangelo

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In Irvings Stones 776 page monster he describes how from the tumult of life a man, yes a man, made a grasp for heaven which has been unmatched in half a millennium. The Renaissance was turbulent time with plotting princes, warring Popes, the powerful Medici family, a fanatical monk Savonarola...and the brilliant young artist who arm wrestled with god and won.