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About Stephanie Storey
Stephanie Storey is the author of "Raphael, Painter in Rome" and "Oil and Marble: a Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo," which The New York Times called ‘tremendously entertaining,’ has been translated into six languages, and is now in development as a feature film by Pioneer Pictures. Storey is also a national television producer of shows like "The Alec Baldwin Show" on ABC, "The Arsenio Hall Show" on CBS, and Emmy-nominated "The Writers’ Room" for the Sundance Channel. When not writing fiction or producing television, Storey can usually be found traveling the world with husband Mike Gandolfi—an actor and Emmy-winning comedy writer—in search of their next stories. Learn more at StephanieStorey.com
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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.
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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the most iconic masterpieces of the Renaissance. Here, in Raphael, Painter in Rome, Storey tells of its creation as never before: through the eyes of Michelangelo’s fiercest rival—the young, beautiful, brilliant painter of perfection, Raphael. Orphaned at age eleven, Raphael is determined to keep the deathbed promise he made to his father: become the greatest artist in history. But to be the best, he must beat the best, the legendary sculptor of the David, Michelangelo Buonarroti. When Pope Julius II calls both artists down to Rome, they are pitted against each other: Michelangelo painting the Sistine Ceiling, while Raphael decorates the pope’s private apartments. As Raphael strives toward perfection in paint, he battles internal demons: his desperate ambition, crippling fear of imperfection, and unshakable loneliness. Along the way, he conspires with cardinals, scrambles through the ruins of ancient Rome, and falls in love with a baker’s-daughter-turned-prostitute who becomes his muse.
With its gorgeous writing, rich settings, endearing characters, and riveting plot, Raphael, Painter in Rome brings to vivid life these two Renaissance masters going head-to-head in the deadly halls of the Vatican.
“As the plot thickens, intrigue and political machinations simmer, and the result is a rich and delicious portrayal of art and its creators and the forces that drive and often work against them. More than twenty-five years of research in Italian Renaissance art deepens the story and renders it full of fascinating detail about people and process, while Storey’s painterly prose is also sure to delight art lovers and fans of historical fiction.” —Booklist
“A warm, witty, mesmerizing portrait of the Renaissance’s most famous painters: the charming Raphael and the irascible Michelangelo, dueling for the title of greatest artist in Rome. . . . A feast for the senses, every brushstroke a delight.” —Kate Quinn, New York Times–bestselling author of The Diamond Eye
“Storey takes one of the most towering figures of the Renaissance and seats him across a tavern table from the reader. Raphael’s voice is as vibrant and colorful as one of his paintings.” —Alyssa Palombo, author of The Borgia Confessions
Florencia, año 1501. Miguel Ángel Buonarroti es prácticamente un desconocido cuando regresa a su ciudad natal y consigue el encargo de tallar, a partir de un deforme bloque de mármol, la que se convertirá en la escultura más famosa de todos los tiempos: el David. Pero pasan las semanas, y, bloqueado por la magnitud del trabajo, rendido ante la gigantesca piedra, Miguel Ángel se desespera… hasta que el mármol comienza a hablarle. Entonces da inicio un febril trabajo de cincelaje, siempre bajo la espada de Damocles de la inminente fecha límite de entrega.
Mientras tanto, la vida de Leonardo Da Vinci se desmorona: pierde el ansiado encargo de esculpir el David; parece no poder acabar ningún proyecto; vive obsesionado con sus fallidos intentos por volar; está a punto de morir en combate, sus diseños mecánicos fallan estrepitosamente y se encuentra hechizado por una mujer que ha conocido en el mercado, la esposa de un mercader, cuyo retrato acepta pintar por encargo del marido. Su nombre es Lisa, y se convertirá en su musa.
Leonardo desprecia la juventud y la falta de sofisticación de Miguel Ángel. Y Miguel Ángel detesta y venera al mismo tiempo la genialidad de Leonardo.
Stephanie Storey nos traslada de forma magistral al inicio del siglo XVI, concretamente a Florencia, la ciudad que será el centro mundial de las artes en esos años, y consigue entrar con una sensibilidad extraordinaria en las mentes y las almas de los dos grandes maestros del Renacimiento.