Story of Michelangelo's Pieta Author:Stone, Irving In the fall of 1498, 23-year-old Michelangelo began carving what many consider his most outstanding work of art: the Pieta, which is being brought from Rome to New York for display in the Vatican Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair. This book presents the dramatic story behind the creation of one of the greatest sculptural masterpieces of all time... more » - Michelangelo's inspired solution to the technical problems presented by his revolutionary concept of the Pieta, his difficulty in obtaining the block of flawless white Carrara marble, the privations he suffered while working on it, and its secret midnight installation in St. Peter's.« less
Irving Stone may be scandalous but he is a good writer. If you love Michelangelo, the Pieta, or sculpture (artists or sculptors), this story is entrancing. The back flap of the dustjacket says this: "In the course of his years of research on Michelangelo, Irving Stone moved his family to Italy, worked in marble quarries, and apprenticed himself to a marble sculptor."