The Agony and the Ecstasy Characters

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Michelangelo Buonarroti

A gifted artist, headstrong, but with a clear vision of beauty, particularly as it is expressed in the human form. Michelangelo is the main character, and the primary protagonist, in the novel "The Agony and the Ecstasy". He was breastfed by the matriarch of a neighboring stonecutter’s family when his mother died, and the love for marble instilled itself in his soul. He feels alive and untroubled when working a fine marble to reveal a universal truth expressed in stone.

Lodovico Buonarroti

Michelangelo’s father, he is concerned over the family’s position, as their resources have dwindled over the centuries. His concern for Michelangelo seems to be two-pronged: that he not stain the family name, and that he provide money to support the family’s lifestyle.

Lorenzo de Medici

A man of refinement and humility, Lorenzo de Medici treats all with respect, and earns their...

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