Stephanie Storey with RAPHAEL, PAINTER IN ROME on Instagram Live

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 5:30pm

Join us on Instagram Live on Thursday, June 18th at 5:30 pm CST at @SquareBooks as Stephanie Storey talks about her new book, RAPHAEL: PAINTER IN ROME.

“Stephanie Storey paints a warm, witty, mesmerizing portrait of the Renaissance’s most famous painters: the charming Raphael and the irascible Michelangelo, dueling for the title of greatest artist in Rome. Only one will win the ultimate commission of the Sistine Chapel, and Raphael is determined the ceiling will be his—but at what cost? RAPHAEL: PAINTER IN ROME is a feast for the senses, every brush-stroke a delight.” —Kate Quinn, author of The Huntress, The Alice Network,The Empress of Rome Saga,and The Borgia Chronicles

Another Fabulous Art History Thriller by the Bestselling Author of Oil and Marble, Featuring the Master of Renaissance Perfection: Raphael!

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the most iconic masterpieces of the Renaissance. Here, in Raphael, Painter in Rome, Storey tells of its creation as never before: through the eyes of Michelangelo’s fiercest rival—the young, beautiful, brilliant painter of perfection, Raphael. Orphaned at age eleven, Raphael is determined to keep the deathbed promise he made to his father: become the greatest artist in history. But to be the best, he must beat the best, the legendary sculptor of the David, Michelangelo Buonarroti. When Pope Julius II calls both artists down to Rome, they are pitted against each other: Michelangelo painting the Sistine Ceiling, while Raphael decorates the pope's private apartments. As Raphael strives toward perfection in paint, he battles internal demons: his desperate ambition, crippling fear of imperfection, and unshakable loneliness. Along the way, he conspires with cardinals, scrambles through the ruins of ancient Rome, and falls in love with a baker’s-daughter-turned-prostitute who becomes his muse. 

With its gorgeous writing, rich settings, endearing characters, and riveting plot, Raphael, Painter in Rome brings to vivid life these two Renaissance masters going head to head in the deadly halls of the Vatican. 

About the Author

Stephanie Storey is the author of historical novels, Raphael, Painter in Rome and Oil and Marble: a Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo, which The New York Times called ‘tremendously entertaining,’ has been translated into six languages, and is now in development as a feature film by Pioneer Pictures. She is also a television producer of shows like The Alec Baldwin Show on ABC, The Arsenio Hall Show for CBS, and Emmy-nominated The Writers’ Room on the Sundance Channel. When not writing fiction or producing television, she can usually be found traveling the world with her husband—an actor and Emmy-winning comedy writer—in search of her next story.

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Oxford, MS 38655
Raphael, Painter in Rome: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950691272
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcade - April 7th, 2020