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1. Thursday, December 17, 2020 2 Tevet 5781

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMOil and Marble

2. Thursday, January 21, 2021 8 Sh'vat 5781

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMAn Officer and a Spy

3. Thursday, February 18, 2021 6 Adar 5781

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMA Land Remembered

4. Thursday, March 18, 2021 5 Nisan 5781

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMDead Wake

5. Thursday, April 15, 2021 3 Iyar 5781

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

6. Thursday, May 20, 2021 9 Sivan 5781

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

November Title: Oil and Marble

Author: Sephanie Storey

In her brilliant debut, Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, entering with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters, creating a stunning art history thriller. From 1501 to 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 though his impoverished family shuns him for being an artist, he is desperate to support them. Living at the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles until the stone finally begins to speak. Working against an impossible deadline, he begins his feverish carving.

Meanwhile, Leonardo's life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-for David commission; he can't seem to finish any project; he is obsessed with his ungainly flying machine; he almost dies in war; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he is haunted by a woman he has seen in the market--a merchant's wife, whom he is finally commissioned to paint. Her name is Lisa, and she becomes his muse.

Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo's genius.

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