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 a captivating, good-looking fifty year-old on the height of his profession. Michelangelo used to be a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, desirous to make a reputation for himself.
Michelangelo is a digital unknown while he wins the fee to carve what's going to develop into some of the most recognized sculptures of all time: David. although his impoverished relatives shuns him for being an artist, he's eager to help them. residing on the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles until eventually the stone eventually starts to talk. operating opposed to an most unlikely closing 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 undertaking; he's enthusiastic about his ungainly flying computer; he nearly dies in conflict; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he's haunted by means of a lady he has obvious within the market—a merchant’s spouse, whom he's ultimately commissioned to color. Her identify is Lisa, and she or he turns into his muse.
Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his formative years and shortage of class. Michelangelo either loathes and worships Leonardo’s genius. either turns into immortal via their art.
Oil and Marble is the tale in their approximately forgotten contention and “a worthwhile learn for artwork aficionados and enthusiasts of ancient fiction” (Booklist). the following, Stephanie Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, bringing to existence the minds and souls of 2 Renaissance masters with amazing empathy.