The Color Storm

A Novel of Renaissance Venice

by Damian Dibben

On Sale: 09/06/2022

The Color Storm

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The Color Storm

A Novel of Renaissance Venice

by Damian Dibben

On Sale: 09/06/2022


About the Book

*The Gold Crown Best Historical Novel of the Year*

Enter the world of Renaissance Venice, where the competition for fame and fortune can mean life or death…

Artists flock here, not just for wealth and fame, but for revolutionary color. Yet artist Giorgione “Zorzo” Barbarelli’s career hangs in the balance. Competition is fierce, and his debts are piling up. When Zorzo hears a rumor of a mysterious new pigment, brought to Venice by the richest man in Europe, he sets out to acquire the color and secure his name in history.

Winning a commission to paint a portrait of the man’s wife, Sybille, Zorzo thinks he has found a way into the merchant’s favor. Instead he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy that stretches across Europe and a marriage coming apart inside one of the floating city’s most illustrious palazzi.

As the water levels rise and the plague creeps ever closer, an increasingly desperate Zorzo isn’t sure whom he can trust. Will Sybille prove to be the key to Zorzo’s success or the reason for his downfall?

Atmospheric and suspenseful and filled with the famous artists of the era, The Color Storm is an intoxicating story of art and ambition, love and obsession.

Critical Praise

"The Color Storm is an engaging thriller and a compelling exploration of an artist's obsession with love and color." -Sunday Times

"As with all intoxicating quest stories vividly told, The Color Storm by Damian Dibben, transports us to a heady other world, where it’s possible to feel the sirocco winds whistling across Venice and bathe in the cerulean skies of the Italian Renaissance. With master artists, Giorgione, Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci along for the ride, the reader will want to walk and then run to join a fierce competition to create beauty anew and discover a color so rare and sublime it’s said to come from the stars.”—Lisa Rochon, author of Tuscan Daughter

"Ravishing, addictive, knife-sharp, ambitious, and singing with detail, The Color Storm had me in its grip from the first moment I began reading. Here is a compelling thriller that takes us to the heart of sixteenth century Venice where the world’s most famous painters compete to win the greatest commission of their lives, and to find a rumored new color that will make their names immortal, while the threat of the plague comes ever closer. There is so much to think about and relish. Not simply the story itself—with all its glorious twists and turns—but the search to express ourselves. A celebration of art and a hymn to color." —Rachel Joyce, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Benson’s Beetle

“The Color Storm takes readers on a thrilling, murderous journey through the serpentine waters of High Renaissance Venice as one of art history’s most gifted but often overlooked painters—Giorgione—searches for love, fame, and, most importantly, color. Written with language as vibrant as a Giorgione masterpiece, The Color Storm is for lovers of art, Italy, and page-turning plot.” —Stephanie Storey, author of Raphael, Painter in Rome

“An intoxicating and illuminating tale, bathed in colour, passion and ambition...a must for lovers of Renaissance art and the wonders of sixteenth century Venice.” – S. W. Perry, bestselling author of The Jackdaw Mysteries

“A vivid imagining of the artistic world of Renaissance Venice. There is an incredible charm in its depiction of the great painters of the period with all their flesh-and-blood idiosyncrasies and flaws. The life of the studio and the supreme importance of colour in all the essentials of its make up is rendered absolutely convincingly. The work has all the more emotional power as it focusses on a lesser known artist as he negotiates the precarious life of his city alongside competitors, those whose names have resounded through history.” - S. G. Maclean, author of The Seeker

“A terrific book...Absorbing, exciting and, dare I say it, colorful. An original tale told beautifully.” ―A.D. Swanston, author of the Thomas Hill series

"An intoxicating story about an incredible period in history."—The Sun

"Compelling and spellbinding."—Stylist USA

"Mystery! Conspiracy! Renaissance Venice! Damian Dibben's new thriller has 'superior beach read' written all over it.S Times Style
"In The Colour Storm, Daniel Dibben transports us to Giorgione’s Renaissance Venice, at the peak of her artistic headiness ... [An] elegant thriller."Perspective -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781335015938
  • ISBN 10: 1335015930
  • Imprint: Hanover Square Press
  • On Sale: 09/06/2022
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Historical / Renaissance
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Biographical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Thrillers / Historical
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Literary

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