Agony and Ecstasy of the International Perfume Company, from the Perfumer’s Point of View

Twenty-seven years ago the American writer, Irving Stone, wrote a biography of the most famous of the great Florentine artists of the Renaissance. It was about Michelangelo, his adversities and his triumphs. Despite his insistence that he was a sculptor, not a painter, Michelangelo’s most heralded work is the series of frescos he painted in the Sistine chapel.

Stone titled his book, The Agony and the Ecstasy.

I can’t think of two more accurate and compelling words to describe the life of human beings—as individuals, in relationship with others, and in the organizations and societies in which we serve and live.

The Bible tells us that God created the universe and everything in it in only six days. History tells us that it took Michelangelo four and one-half years to depict that creation on the Sistine chapel ceiling.

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