Michelangelo quote identification
September 4, 2014 8:40 AM Subscribe
I’m trying to authenticate a quote attributed to Michelangelo, and wondering if any art history buffs know of the background information. The quote is: “I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set him free.”
I read Irving Stone’s ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy' about Michelangelo some years ago, and feel like I first remember reading the line in his book. But as the book is written as a biographical novel, I don’t know if the quote can actually be traced back to Michelangelo himself, or was constructed by the author.
Did Michelangelo in fact say/write this, and if so, where? When? How was it said in Italian, at the time?