Oil and Marble


History Behind the Novel

Raphael Edits Done

Yesterday, I shipped off my final edits to my editor at my publishing house for my newest novel, Raphael, Painter in Rome (due out from Arcade in April 2020). Today, I've been in the strangest mood, and I couldn't figure... Continue Reading →


Quote Leonardo da Vinci: Top 10 Quotes

In honor of Leonardo da Vinci's 565th birthday today (he was born on April 15, 1452), I'm celebrating with 10 of my favorite quotes attributed to the maestro (yes, many of these can be found in my novel, Oil and Marble).... Continue Reading →

On Revisiting the Last Supper

I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. It's not because I haven't had things to say -- we've been traveling through Europe, so I have several blogs in my draft queue waiting to be published... I wrote THIS post weeks... Continue Reading →

Shockingly True Things in Oil and Marble

Today, a new Leonardo da Vinci drawing was discovered in France (see featured image). To honor this very real discovery of very real history, here are 10 shockingly true stories from my historical novel, Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Questions About Oil and Marble

Over the last two-and-a-half months, I've traveled to 18 states, signed over 1,000 books, and put on 81 "shows" (where I do a reading and/or talk about my novel). I've spoken at book stores, museums, art galleries, libraries, historical societies, schools... Continue Reading →

Research and Recommended Reads

A lot of people ask about the research that went into my art historical novel, Oil and Marble. I've been obsessed with Michelangelo, Leonardo and the Italian Renaissance for over 20 years (I've read every book I could find, crawled into the... Continue Reading →

Historical Fiction: History or Fiction?

I'm an art-historical novelist, so I'm very familiar with the on-going debate at the center of historical fiction: Is it the novelist's duty to serve the HISTORY or the FICTION? Readers expect to learn something from historical fiction  -- to be... Continue Reading →

The Question That Inspired the Book

The most common question I get about my art-historical novel, Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo, is: "What inspired you to write it?" For five years, from 1501 – 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both... Continue Reading →

Meeting Mona Lisa

A friend recently told me about his experience seeing the Mona Lisa for the first time. "I was expecting to have this quiet, intimate moment with this beautiful painting," he said. "Instead, it was a madhouse! Why didn't anyone warn me?... Continue Reading →

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