Leonardo vs. Michelangelo
Mona Lisa vs. David
Los Angeles Times Bestseller
Best Fiction Books of 2016 (by Hudson Booksellers)
“Tremendously entertaining and ‘unapologetic’ in its artistic license, Oil and Marble will remind an older generation of the pleasures of Irving Stone’s art historical fiction, particularly his chronicle of the Sistine Chapel ceiling commission, The Agony and the Ecstasy.” — Maxwell Carter, The New York Times (Feb 28, 2016)
Translated into Spanish and Slovakian, with more languages on the way! (And keep your eyes out for upcoming news about a Hollywood adaptation…)
FACT: the Mona Lisa and the David —
two of the most iconic pieces of art in all of western history —
were created at the same time, in the same city by two rival artists…
Oil and Marble is a historical novel about that legendary rivalry.
Praise for Oil and Marble
“Oil and Marble is a magnificent story brimming with an all-star cast of world famous artists conducted by the talent of author Stephanie Storey… An intriguing unforgettable classic piece of historical fiction.” Hudson Booksellers, Best Books of 2016
“The artistic process can be one of self-doubt, struggle, and sheer physical exertion, and Storey depicts the drama here with truth and insight. A rewarding read for art aficionados and fans of historical fiction.” — Carolyn Mulac, Booklist (Feb 15, 2016)
“Vividly evoking the turbulent world and ferociously competitive spirit of Renaissance Florence, Stephanie Storey transports the reader to one of the most creative and exciting moments in the history of that remarkable city.” — William E. Wallace, author of Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and His Times
“Before I got to the bottom of the first page, I was completely engrossed in Oil and Marble. I especially liked the way Ms. Storey involved all the great names of the early 16th century in the art of politics and the politics of art. This is an eminently readable tale, with the two giants of art giving the story its heart and soul. A fabulous and fun read.” — Monica E. Spence, Historical Novel Review (May, 2016)
“With every chip of the chisel and stroke of the brush, Stephanie Storey fashions a mesmerizing tale of the envy, ambition, and artistic genius that drove an epic rivalry.”
—Elizabeth Cobbs, author of Broken Promises: A Civil War Novel, and the upcoming Hamilton Affair
“In the end this book is as much a love story as it is an historical narrative of time and place. Leonardo’s love for the muse Lisa and Michelangelo’s loving obsession to create something of great beauty from a block of imperfect stone. Stephanie Storey perfectly describes this artistic love as she paints her own masterpiece in the character of Leonardo.” –Thomas Crowe, Smoky Mountain Review (April 13, 2016)
Leonardo and Michelangelo’s “rivalry, and mutual dislike, is the basis for this smart historical novel. In an author’s note, Storey says she spent 20 years researching her subject, though the book is “unapologetically” a work of fiction.” — Toronto Star (April 3, 2016)
“The result… is a fascinating, authentic story in a fully realized and beautifully crafted world. Michelangelo and Leonardo both feel like real people and not just like the legends (or ninja turtles) most of us known them as. Storey focuses not solely on their genius, but on their insecurities and failures.” —Storytime Junction Reviews (March 8, 2016)
“Unapologetic” about the artistic license she takes, Storey has produced a shrewd, entertaining book that, while it ought not be confused with history, might inspire a longform cable series.” —Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (March 20, 2016)
From 1501-1505, two master artists — Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo — both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome fifty year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a temperamental, unknown sculptor in his mid-twenties, desperate to make a name for himself.
They hated each other, but…
During those years, Michelangelo carved the David while Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa.
This is the fictional account of the rivalry that drove these two great masters to create their iconic masterpieces — all set against a backdrop of the violent, deceitful yet inspired world of the Italian Renaissance.
Oil and Marble is the product of the author’s twenty-year obsession with the Italian Renaissance and the creation of art.
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