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Art surpassing life and The agony and ecstasy of an artist are the two significant themes of the novel Michelangelo waits for years to get recognition and understanding of his creativity He works for many rulers and acts according to the whims of different religious heads He meets both the good and the bad and witnesses their end He is kept away from the marble and forced to work in other mediums He experiences prolonged agony during the time he is separated from his favorite stone He lives on hope and his talent waits to be unleashed By the time he gets the opportunity to carve marble statues of his liking he is too old to execute such monumental works However divine energy and a spiritual power aid him to complete all his tasks successfully Working on the marble he feels ecstatic and overcomes all the hurdles of age and ailments His art makes him superhuman and immortal Years after his death he is still remembered for his beautiful pieces of art and considered as one of the greatest sculptors in the world The mood of the novel is serious as it traces the life of Michelangelo as an artist from a teenager to an old man of ninety The artist experiences both the agony and the ecstasy as he waits for commissions from fanatical rulers and carves on beautiful marble slabs He is kept away from the object of his desire for long and his work gets interrupted often And when he gets to carve marble statues he has to work for long hours and struggle hard to complete his tasks on time His enemies try to malign him and overwork makes him ill However he overcomes disease hatred and age through his talent and dedication The novel ends on a note of hope with Michelangelo expressing satisfaction with his work before he breathes his last
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