By Stephanie Storey
for many years on the very starting of the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti either lived and labored in Florence. Leonardo was once an enthralling, good-looking fifty year-old on the height of his occupation. Michelangelo used to be a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, eager to make a reputation for himself.
Michelangelo is a digital unknown while he wins the fee to carve what's going to turn into some of the most recognized sculptures of all time: David. although his impoverished kinfolk shuns him for being an artist, he's desirous to aid them. dwelling on the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles till the stone ultimately starts off to talk. operating opposed to an very unlikely cut-off date, he starts off his feverish carving.
in the meantime, Leonardo’s lifestyles is falling aside: he loses the hoped-for David fee; he can’t appear to end any venture; he's passionate about his ungainly flying computer; he virtually dies in battle; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he's haunted via a girl he has obvious within the market—a merchant’s spouse, whom he's eventually commissioned to color. Her identify is Lisa, and she or he turns into his muse.
Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his early life and absence of class. Michelangelo either loathes and worships Leonardo’s genius. either becomes immortal via their art.
Oil and Marble is the tale in their approximately forgotten competition and “a lucrative learn for paintings aficionados and lovers of old fiction” (Booklist). right here, Stephanie Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, bringing to existence the minds and souls of 2 Renaissance masters with striking empathy.
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