Just a few words to let you all know that I have just finished reading Irving Stone's "The Agony and the Ecstasy" which is the story of Michaelangelo's life. It is a wonderful book. I loved it from the first page to the last. Not really easy reading because it is often quite dense with information - I cannot even image how Irving Stone managed to do all of the research needed to write such a book. It took him years. I would have thought centuries! ... The author seemed to understand many things about how an artist's mind works. It felt authentic all the way through. He has also written a biography on Vincent Van Gogh so I think I will read it as well.