Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey

Oil and Marble

From 1501—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, 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 thou...

Details Oil and Marble

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

Reviews Oil and Marble

  • 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 Poulos
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Nancy Gann
    This book will inspire you to read non-fiction history about Leonardo and Michelangelo. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
  • 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.
  • 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 - ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Carmen Canann
    I highly recommend this book to artists and art loversI found this book of historical fiction intriguing and believable as the author intertwined history, place, family, great art and rivalry.
  • Diane Carpenter
    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 fa...
  • Maria
    Despite being fiction, I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to imagine the rivalry between two of the most important artists ever. It is well written, easy to follow the story. Florence is a must visit city, full of art and beauty. Every name of artists mentioned in this book makes you research for art.
  • Laura Raines
    Storey knows her way around art and history, not to mention this is a page-turning story with heart. For anyone who does anything creative, it is an affirmation of how hard the process can be, and how satisfying the results.
  • Lauri
    Loved this story! Imagines what the relationship between the two artists might have been.
  • Mercedes Wood
    I. Love. This. Book. As a an art history enthusiast, this made my heart burst with joy. Sure it's historical fiction, but I can't help but believe that a lot of what was written is true. I cried, I laughed, I grinned as I've never grinned before. I admired Michaelangelo and thought Leonardo was a pompous jerk. But who really knows what either of them are like.I applaud the author and recommend this to anyone and everyone
  • Denice Barker
    We’ve all heard about star crossed paths and during the years 1501 and 1505 the paths of Leonardo DaVinci and Michaelangelo Buonarroti crossed in Florence. Leonardo was fifty years old and at the peak of his popularity, Michaelangelo was in his twenties and trying to make his name. Leonardo was possessed by his desire to fly, he was finishing none of his projects, which didn’t endear him to his patrons and probably because of this he had just...
  • 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...
  • Michael
    I found the writing somewhat floridly sophomoric; like what I imagine I would find in a romance novel. And the story didn’t gel for me. Instead of what could have been a gripping story of competition, jealousy and influence, it was like two separate stories that occasionally bumped into each other. I think the problem was the alternating Michelangelo/Leonardo chapter format; one smooth, continuous narrative would have been better.And maybe Stor...
  • Dennis Hetzel
    A gem of a novel that blends art and history into a classic rivalry story. Stephanie Storey makes the world of Florence, Italy, and the personalities of Da Vinci and Michelangelo come alive by imagining the forces that led to the creation of two of the world's greatest works of art: the Mona Lisa and the David. If, like me, you lack a strong background in the fine arts, you also will leave the story with fresh appreciation of the passions that st...