Raphael, Painter in Rome
Stephanie Storey will discuss her newest novel, Raphael, Painter in Rome, which tells the story of Raphael—decorating the pope’s private rooms—as he faces off against the legendary Michelangelo, painting the Sistine Ceiling. As Raphael strives toward perfection in paint, he battles internal demons: his desperate ambition, fear of imperfection, and unshakable loneliness. He conspires with cardinals, scrambles through ancient Roman ruins, and falls in love with a baker’s-daughter-turned-prostitute who becomes his muse. Join Stephanie to learn more about these two artists battling it out for supremacy in the deadly halls of the Vatican.
About Stephanie Storey
Stephanie Storey is the author of Raphael, Painter in Rome and Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo, which The New York Times hailed as ‘tremendously entertaining,’ has been translated into six languages, and is in development as a feature film by Pioneer Pictures. She is also a television producer of shows including Alec Baldwin on ABC, Arsenio Hall for CBS, and Emmy-nominated The Writers’ Room on Sundance. An Arkansas native, she can usually be found traveling the world with her husband—an actor and Emmy-winning comedy writer—in search of her next story.