Known as “enormously unique” (The New York Times) Stephanie Storey’s good bestselling debut, brings early sixteenth-century Florence, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo Buonarroti alive for artwork fanatics and readers of ancient fiction.

With unusual empathy into the minds and souls of the 2 nice Renaissance artists, Storey gives a surprising artwork historical past mystery. From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti each lived and labored in Florence. Leonardo was once a captivating, good-looking fifty 12 months-antique on the top of his profession. Michelangelo was once a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, determined to make a reputation for himself.

Michelangelo is a digital unknown whilst he returns to Florence and wins the fee to carve what is going to turn out to be one of the vital well-known sculptures of all time: David. Even if his impoverished circle of relatives shuns him for being an artist, he’s determined to toughen them. Dwelling on the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles till the stone in the end starts to talk. Operating towards an unimaginable cut-off date, he starts his feverish carving.

Meanwhile, Leonardo’s lifestyles is falling aside: he loses the was hoping-for David fee; he can not seem to end any venture; he’s obsessed together with his ungainly flying gadget; he virtually dies in battle; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he’s haunted through a girl he has noticed available in the market–a product owner’s spouse, whom he’s in the end commissioned to color. Her identify is Lisa, and he or she turns into his muse.

Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his adolescence and loss of sophistication. Michelangelo each loathes and worships Leonardo’s genius.

Oil and Marble is the tale in their just about forgotten contention.