Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo

Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo Review

From 1501—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 carving.

Meanwhile, Leonardo’s life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-for David commission; he can’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 market—a merchant’s wife, whom he is finally commissioned to paint. Her name is Lisa, and she becomes his muse.

Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo’s genius.

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.

Title:Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
Edition Language:English

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  • Marjorie

    This wonderful historical novel centers on Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti during the years 1501 – 1505 when they both lived and worked in Florence, Italy. Leonardo was in his fifties ...

  • Laurie Reilly

    I chose to read this book because I had an upcoming trip to Italy. What a great choice! Who knew that Leonardo and Michelangelo had such a rivalry? It was interesting to learn that being an artist was...

  • Sonja Arlow

    3.5 starsI saw the Mona Lisa once, and to be honest I was a little disappointed that it was so small, covered in a glass box surrounded by pushing and shoving tourists in a very small room. I found th...

  • Netta

    When I was about 4% into this book, I had a lot to say. A LOT. Then I found a few episodes that I liked – weirdly, I like Storey’s portrayal of Salai. And then I came to the conclusion, that Store...

  • Jean Poulos

    The year is 1501 and Stephanie Storey tells a highly-imagined tale of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarreti as they return to Florence. At fifty years of age, Leonardo is the elder statesman i...

  • Becca

    Stephanie Storey’s debut novel has all the elements of fascinating historical fiction. She has re-imagined the lives of artists Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci during a period of four pivotal year...

  • Joseph Adelizzi, Jr.

    I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.As stated above, I won Stephanie Storey’s Oil and Marble on GoodReads, and truth be told, had I not won this book on GoodReads I don’t know if I would have ...

  • Amanda Skoog

    “Think … the greater danger for most of us is not in aiming too high and falling short, but in aiming too low and hitting the mark.” As a fanatic of both books and art, I couldnt really imagine...

  • Michaela

    Úžasne som si pri tejto knihe oddýchla. Milujem Michelangela, jeho socha Dávida je geniálna, vlastne, všetky sú. A aj Da Vinciho obrazy sú prekrásne. Jeho schopnosť venovať sa toľkým obla...

  • Kate

    I love historical fiction, and in particular stories set in this time period and place, as I find it utterly fascinating to learn about a time when so many of the great "gods" of history coexisted and...