I, Michelangelo, Sculptor

By Irving Stone, Jean Stone

130 ratings - 4.29* vote

Michelangelo's personal writings spanning 67 years. Contains more than 400 letters and poems written to family, creditors, debtors, and bankers. Michelangelo's personal writings spanning 67 years. Contains more than 400 letters and poems written to family, creditors, debtors, and bankers.

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Book details

paperback, 256 pages
1964 by Signet Books

(first published January 1st 1962)

Original Title
I, Michelangelo, Sculptor

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Ahmad Sharabiani

I, Michelangelo, Sculptor, Irving Stone

Michelangelo's letters, edited and arranged chronologically to make an autobiographical portrait of the artist.

Michelangelo's personal writings spanning 67 years. Contains more than 400 letters and poems written to family, creditors, debtors, and bankers.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و هفتم ماه اکتبر سال 1974میلادی

عنوان: من، ميكل آنژ، پيكرتراش - ن‍ام‍ه‌ ه‍ای‌ م‍ی‍ک‍ل‌ آن‍ج‍ل‍و ب‍وئ‍ون‍اروت‍ی‌؛ گردآوری ایروینگ استون؛ مترجم بهمن فرزانه؛ در 330ص، مصور؛ چاپ دوم تهران، امیرکبیر، 1377؛ در هفت و 377ص؛ مصور؛ چاپ سوم 1386؛ شابک 9789640002667؛ موضوع نامه های میکل آنژ از سال 1475میلادی تا سال 1564میلادی - سده 16م

نامه های «میکل آنژ»، ایشان از دوران کودکی و نوجوانی خویش، و وضعیت خانوادگی خویشتن، و شناساندن استادانش، و نحوه ی آفرینش آثارشان را، خود مینویسند؛ مردان بزرگوار، به قله ‌های بلندی می‌مانند، که هر چه از باد، تازیانه بخورند، و در ابرهای قیرگون فرو ‌روند، باز هم آدمیان از آیندگان، بر بلندای‌شان بهتر، و ژرفتر نفس می‌کشند، اینگونه آدمیان و هنرمندان، پلیدی‌های دلها را، در پاکی و لطافت هوایی که نفس میکشند، فرو می‌شویند، و چون ابرها به یکسو روند، خویشتن را بر نوع بشر می‌نمایانند؛ آری ایشان چنان بودند که همچون کوههای عظیمی، بر فراز «ایتالیای رنسانس»، سر بر آسمان ‌سودند، و ما اکنون، تنها نیمرخ طوفان زده ی ‌ایشان را می‌بینیم، که در افقهای دوردست زمان، از برابر دیدگانمان ناپدید می‌شوند؛ «میکل آنژ» از کسانی بودند، که در آتش رنجهای خویش سوخته ‌اند؛ و در وجودشان نیرویی بود، که ایشان را به پیکار وامی‌داشت، و در هر پیکاری نیز پیروز می‌شدند؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 12/01/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

Lachezar Petkov

Thats not a book about Michelangelo in the classical sense. Its a book composed from his letters. I didn't read the whole thing, just parts of his life I'm interested in.
A weird and very interesting person, indeed. I'm almost certain he never saw a naked woman in his entire life. It is also interesting how much he hated painting the Sistine chapel's ceiling, how much physical pain (constant migraine, shoulder/back/neck pain, eye pain, and what not) it caused him, yet what a masterpiece he created.
Now I kinda like him less, yet I admire him even more.


کتاب (من، میکل آنژ، پیکر تراش) مجموعه‌ای‌ست از نامه‌های (میکل‌آنژ بوناروتی) نقاش، پیکرتراش، معمار و شاعر ایتالیایی به پدر، برادر و برادرزاده‌اشعنوان این کتاب نیز از عادت زیبای او برگرفته شده که وقتی برای پدر یا برادرش نامه می‌نوشت چنین امضا می‌کرد: (میکل آنژ تو، پیکر تراش روم). دیگر این‌که این کتاب توسط (بهمن فرزانه) در سال هزار و سیصد و چهل و نه ترجمه شده و توسط انتشارت امیرکبیر چاپ گردید

Sofiia Kondrashova

Найкраща книга за останні роки!Про життя і жагу до творчості, про любов та самопожертву, про зради і інтрига на тлі історичних подій.Мрію тепер потрапити до Флоренціі та Риму.Рекомендую!

Charles Jr.

Maybe my memory of reading this way back is imperfect but....rather than insight into the mind of an artistic genius, I mainly took away a grouchy old guy demanding money from everyone, and accusing his kids of being ungrateful brats (who owed him money). Which is, perhaps, all one needs to know about the minds of most so-called artistic geniuses.


A slow read, but an interesting compilation of letters from Michelangelo to family members and a few other people. It gives a good look at just who he was.


A wonderful fiction biography


A hossza ellenére érdekes, lebilincselő történet. Szerettem

Brent Barnard

Reading this book is like reading someone's "sent messages" folder in their e-mail account - if the person only sent an e-mail every few weeks. It's simply the collected letters he sent. Some are really mundane ("thanks for the cheese you sent") whereas some really tell you a lot about his life. I particularly recommend the letters he wrote toward the very end of his life. A lot of his personality emerges as he gives his nephew advice for choosing a wife. It's hilarious and fun.

The book doesn't give you a tremendous amount of insight into his art, but it does give you a very real sense of the struggles he faced. It seems like a typical day didn't involve art at all, with all the hassles he faced in getting the right type of marble in from this or that quarry, etc. Makes you wish we could travel back in time and give him unlimited resources to just sculpt and draw without ever needing to worry about money and other "details."


So, I saw the movie of The Agony And The Ecstasy before I read the book, then I stumbled across the compilation of sources that Irving Stone had used for his novel. This collection of the personal writings of Michelangelo provides a wonderful insight to the artist's mind as he deals with creditors, patrons, debtors, artists and Popes, and his loves. Spanning 67 years of the artist's life, these hundreds of documents (in translation) were a wonderful companion to the historical novel they helped to spawn.

For a high school boy to be inspired to make some chisels from a cheap set of woodworking tools and carve a cat from a chunk of sandstone, yes, I would say that I was somewhat inspired by Irving's work. I didn't become an artist, but I certainly gained an appreciation for the people who did.