From 15011505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome fifty year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, desperate to make a name for himself.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, Leonardos life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-for David commission; he cant 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 marketa merchants 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 Leonardos genius.Oil and Marble is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, and has entered with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters. The book is an art history thriller....
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Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo Reviews
The year is 1501 and Stephanie Storey tells a highly-imagined tale of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarreti as they return to Florence. At fifty years of age, Leonardo is the elder statesman in the area of art and science. Michelangelo considers himself a sculptor and has been distinguishing himself in Rome.
The story is about the rivalry between the two men. In Florence, the city fathers have offered a commission to Leonardo to carve the Duccio stone. A huge but damaged piece of marble, ...more
When I was about 4% into this book, I had a lot to say. A LOT. Then I found a few episodes that I liked – weirdly, I like Storey’s portrayal of Salai. And then I came to the conclusion, that Storey is so confident that everything I have to say would be a waste of words and thoughts
who cares. Hence I give it one star and leave it as a one star attempt to write about two brilliant minds, where the star goes mostly for an effort and in memory of all trees which died to provide paper for this book.
Fascinating historical fiction based on the lives of Da Vinci and Michelangelo. My exposure to art history was so long ago, I didn't recall that they were from the same era, although Da Vinci was an older established artist and young Michelangelo was just getting started. The influence of the wars, prominent families, politics and the popes on the artists' lives is really interesting. Appreciate that at the end the author includes notes on the facts she used to build her story and her website pr ...more
This wonderful historical novel centers on Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti during the years 1501 – 1505 when they both lived and worked in Florence, Italy. Leonardo was in his fifties and an established artist. Michelangelo was in his twenties and had just completed “The Pieta” in Rome and had returned to Florence to make a name for himself and to support his family. When Michelangelo wins the Duccio stone commission and begins his beloved “David” sculpture, Leonardo is working on ...more
This book will inspire you to read non-fiction history about Leonardo and Michelangelo. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
I really enjoyed this historical novel. I've seen both the Mona Lisa and David. This brought back lots of memories of my trip through Europe nearly 20 years ago. The story was very engaging and helped bring these two artists to life in my mind.
I saw the Mona Lisa once, and to be honest I was a little disappointed that it was so small, covered in a glass box surrounded by pushing and shoving tourists in a very small room. I found the rest of the Louvre a lot more impressive.
I knew very little about Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo and the strength of this book was how educational it was for me. I was absolutely fascinated by the facts that came out of the story. I googled along with my reading as at times I thought surely th ...more
In OIL AND MARBLE I wanted a description of da Vinci and Michelangelo creating their masterpieces. Instead I got a running rivalry between two nastily unpleasant people – at least as portrayed by the author. I kept coming back to the book, determined to finish, and putting it down again after a few pages. Storey's historical note says they are genuinely recorded as attacking each other in the street, so maybe she isn't that far off, but she's the one who wrote them so that I kept saying an inter ...more