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New Novel Coming April 2020

It's finally official. My new novel is Raphael, Painter in Rome It will be published (once again by Arcade) in April 2020 in time for the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death (he died on April 6, 1520). Raphael. Even if... Continue Reading →

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Hack a Museum

Recently, I went on a Museum Hack tour -- "unconventional tours of the world's best museums" -- at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Mine was an "un-highlights tour" which -- according to their website -- put "an alternative... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Art Exhibits in 2018

To prepare for my year, I've combed magazines, art blogs, museum websites, and friends' brains searching for the best art exhibits of 2018. Here's my list for the top 10 must see exhibits of this coming year. May it inspire... Continue Reading →

Find Other Leonardo da Vinci Novels

If you're anything like me, you're eager to read Walter Isaacson's upcoming biography of Leonardo da Vinci. But it doesn't come out until October 17th, so what are you going to do until then? To tide you over, here's a list... Continue Reading →

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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 →

10 Ways Our World is Like the Renaissance

In honor of Michelangelo's birthday today -- March 6th (he would be 542), I've been thinking a lot about the differences between our world and his... but I've also been thinking about the strange, striking similarities between our two eras. It's... 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 →

Fear of a Book Event in Madrid

Last night, I went to my first international book event for Oil and Marble (Leonardo y Miguel Angel in Spanish) at Libreria Le in Madrid. I was terrified. I've done over 100 book events all over the US; I no... 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 →

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