Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey

Oil and Marble

In her brilliant debut, Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, and has entered with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters, creating a stunning art history thriller. From 1501 to 1505, 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, ...

Details Oil and Marble

TitleOil and Marble
Release DateMar 1st, 2016
PublisherArcade Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Art, Cultural, Italy

Reviews Oil and Marble

  • Sonja Arlow
    3.5 starsI 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 alo...
  • Laurie Reilly
    I chose to read this book because I had an upcoming trip to Italy. What a great choice! Who knew that Leonardo and Michelangelo had such a rivalry? It was interesting to learn that being an artist was not admirable and that sculpting was an arduous and and filthy business. Viewing Michelangelo's works in Rome was a completely different experience for me because of this book.
  • Marjorie
    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 begin...
  • Jean
    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 ...
  • Netta
    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 o...
  • Becca
    Stephanie Storey’s debut novel has all the elements of fascinating historical fiction. She has re-imagined the lives of artists Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci during a period of four pivotal years (1501-1505) when they both lived and worked in Florence. At this time, Leonardo was 50 years old, his name and reputation secure, while Michelangelo was young, temperamental, and just beginning to make a name for himself. Through the course of a de...
  • Joseph Adelizzi, Jr.
    I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.As stated above, I won Stephanie Storey’s Oil and Marble on GoodReads, and truth be told, had I not won this book on GoodReads I don’t know if I would have been inclined to purchase it. What gives me pause is my fear that a work of historical fiction involving great artists would easily devolve into a Psychology 101 clown-car of silly theories about motivations and justifications of the artists’ actio...
  • Amanda Skoog
    “Think … the greater danger for most of us is not in aiming too high and falling short, but in aiming too low and hitting the mark.” As a fanatic of both books and art, I couldnt really imagine a book more fitting than this one. Oil and Marble is a novel about two of the great masters; Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti. From 1501 – 1505 both of these great artists lived in Florence, a city that has homed and inspired (and stil...
  • Michaela
    Úžasne som si pri tejto knihe oddýchla. Milujem Michelangela, jeho socha Dávida je geniálna, vlastne, všetky sú. A aj Da Vinciho obrazy sú prekrásne. Jeho schopnosť venovať sa toľkým oblastiam ma vždy udivovala. Mala som možnosť vidieť niektoré diela oboch umelcov naživo a bol to dokonalý zážitok. Dej knihy sa odohráva počas rokov 1499-1504, kedy obaja vytvorili nezabudnuteľné diela - Michelangelo Dávida z mramoru a Leo...
  • Gail Baugniet
    Hard to resist a story pitting two artistic, egotistical giants against one another, especially with the vivid backdrop of Florence. My expectations of a good storyline were low as I was willing to settle for the pleasure of merely spending time in the company of Leonardo and Michaelangelo. To my pleasant surprise, Stephanie Storey did extensive research to make her novel tension-filled, realistic, and enlightening. By the final pages, these acco...
  • Kate
    I love historical fiction, and in particular stories set in this time period and place, as I find it utterly fascinating to learn about a time when so many of the great "gods" of history coexisted and created their enduring masterpieces simultaneously. I was therefore very excited to read this book.Upon starting it however, I was immediately put off by the writing style, which felt as though the narration was being "dumbed down" for the masses - ...
  • Esra M.
    Bu kitap benim elimden tutarak yüzümde kocaman bir gülümsemeyle Floransa sokaklarında dolaştırdı, keşke o zamanlar gerçekten orada olabilseydim dedirtti. Eğlenceli, heyecanlı, sanat aşkını daha da depreştiren güzel bir kurguydu.
  • Nancy Gann
    This book will inspire you to read non-fiction history about Leonardo and Michelangelo. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
  • Mike
    Oil and Marbleby Stephanie StoreyOil and Marble is a magnificent story brimming with an all-star cast of world famous artists conducted by the talent of author Stephanie Storey. The novel centers around two of the most extraordinarily relevant talents in history, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. As chapters are cleverly divided into Leonardo and Michelangelo, the reader visits Florence and delves into the triumphs and tragedies that are guided...
  • Connie Hall
    Oil and Marble is a very entertaining read! If you love these two pieces of art - David and Mona Lisa - you will enjoy it even more. The only reason I didn't go with 5 stars is because some of her embellishments are a little unbelievable; but the main parts - the artists working and their rivalry - are well done and very moving.Because I am planning to be in Florence this March, it was especially fun to read about this history.
  • Eavan
    Ugh. I should have known when the phrase "egg-based tempera" showed up that I was dealing with an author who either thought her readers were idiots—or didn't know how to write.Unfortunately, it turned out to be both.Stephanie Storey knows her history, there's no doubt about it. Interesting tidbits grace scenes (making it almost worthwhile to finish in order to learn something a bit esoteric to enamor at your next dinner party), but her attempt ...
  • Yvonne
    An intriguing account of two amazingly brilliant artists. Storey unveiled the possible thoughts and feelings that Leonardo and Michelangelo each might have experienced as they faced the pressures and conflict that existed between the two. She revealed the struggles each man experienced while trying to prove themselves of their talents. As with other books of this genre, I am motivated to research on my own to find out what is history and what is ...
  • Kelly
    I thought the back stories of two of the most famous pieces of art was really interesting. Here is a list of all the art I googled while reading this book; (I know you want to know)The Last Super The PietaDonatello's DavidVerrocchio's DavidBotticelli's La PrimeveraBotticelli's Birth of VenusVirgin of the Rocks by da VinciDonatello's Judith and HolofernesSalvator Mundi by da VinciMona LisaMichelangelo's David
  • Ariel
    This was way too long, even a longer way too obvious and quite terribly written as well (I almost appreciate author's vocabulary of Italian curses, but they don't make up for for lack of style and numerous other mannerisms) The 2 stars result is for the topic, and historical accuracy - which does not make a novel though.
  • Lisa
    I was so drawn to this story and yet I couldn't give it five stars. I think it's because I listened to it on audible and I didn't love the narrator. However the story was lovely! Maybe it's because I've pondered over both these masterpieces and she gave a perfect mix of fact and fiction. So many unanswered questions and she imagined a great story!!!
  • Randal White
    Excellent storyI would like to believe that the creation of the Mona Lisa and of David occurred just as the author portrayed it. Wouldn't that be wonderful!
  • Annette
    This story begins with two artists returning to Florence. Leonardo da Vinci is returning from Milan, where he worked on designing a horse sculpture - the largest equestrian statue in the world, which was supposed to be cast in iron, but the clay model was destroyed by French soldiers invading Milan. Leonardo was forced to flee Milan. Michelangelo Buonarroti is returning from Rome, where he just finished working on Pieta. They come back to Florenc...
  • Onka
    4.8*Napriek tomu, že príbeh je fiktívny, myslím, že autorke sa perfektne podarilo zachytiť celkovú atmosféru doby. Od prvého momentu som sa cítila, akoby som sa vrátila v čase a spolu s hrdinami sa prechádzala ulicami mojej milovanej Florencie (a sčasti Ríma a Milána). Veľmi oceňujem, že pokiaľ to len šlo, držala sa čo najviac skutočnosti a okrem fantastického príbehu nám ukázala aj politické dianie a bežný život v...
  • Crystal King
    The world has long been in love with Da Vinci and with Michelangelo but rarely do we hear of the rivalry they had with each other. In Oil and Marble, Storey weaves a meticulously researched tale as complicated and beautiful as the treasures they left behind. The reader easily finds themselves rooting for both men, each radically different than the other, both flawed in their own ways, full of ego and incredible talent. If you love history and lov...
  • Laura
    3.5. It was definitely interesting. I really home that these artists were not so junior high in their attitudes towards other artists, however.
  • Miriam Downey
    Read my full review here: https://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot....Make sure you have access to the Internet before you begin reading Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey, because you will spend a great deal of time looking for images of the works of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli, among others. Storey has created a well-imagined rivalry between the fifty-year old Leonardo and the much younger Michelangelo. When the novel begins, bot...
  • Jenny
    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.
  • Denis Mačor
    Je odvážne, možno až trúfalé vybrať si z histórie tak všeobecne známe osobnosti akými sú Michelangelo a Da Vinci. Najznámejší maliar a sochár na svete mali medzi sebou nepochybne konflikt, je verejne známe že strávili pár rokov vedľa seba, a teda nepochybne prišli do kontaktu. Možno aj otvoreného. Určite však nie až tak, ako je otvorená fantázia samotnej spisovateľky, kameramanky, režisérky, herečky a "jógerky" a...
  • Joy
    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 t...