A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
On Sale: March 1, 2016
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From 1501â€”1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both
lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome
fifty year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a
temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, desperate to make a
name for himself.
Michelangelo is a virtual unknown when he returns to Florence and
wins the commission to carve what will become one of the most
famous sculptures of all time: David. Even though his impoverished
family shuns him for being an artist, he is desperate to support
them. Living at the foot of his misshapen block of marble,
Michelangelo struggles until the stone finally begins to speak.
Working against an impossible deadline, he begins his feverish
Meanwhile, Leonardoâ€™s life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-
for David commission; he canâ€™t seem to finish any project; he is
obsessed with his ungainly flying machine; he almost dies in war;
his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he is haunted by a
woman he has seen in the marketâ€”a merchantâ€™s wife, whom he is
finally commissioned to paint. Her name is Lisa, and she becomes
Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of
sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardoâ€™s
Oil and Marble is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry.
Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, and has entered
with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two
Renaissance masters. The book is an art history thriller.
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