The Colour Storm
Atmospheric and suspenseful, The Colour Storm is an intoxicating story of art and ambition, love and obsession in Renaissance Venice . . .
‘A glorious, exuberant read’ THE TIMES
‘Addictive, ambitious and knife sharp. A compelling thriller and a celebration of art. Ravishing’ RACHEL JOYCE
‘A rich and rousing tale of art, love, rivalry and obsession in Renaissance Venice’ CHLOE ASHBY, AUTHOR OF WET PAINT
‘An engaging thriller and a compelling exploration of an artist’s obsession with love and colour’
The world’s greatest artists gather to enjoy fame, fortune, and colour. When a wealthy merchant discovers a mysterious new pigment, he knows it would create a masterpiece in the right hands.
For struggling artist Giorgione ‘Zorzo’ Barbarelli, success is far from reach. Until he’s commissioned by the merchant to paint a portrait of his wife, Sybille.
Impress him, and Zorzo could acquire the most coveted colour in the world – and write his name in history.
But it is Sybille whose eye he catches. And when their relationship drags Zorzo into a conspiracy spanning the entire continent, it is far more than his career in danger . . .
‘Art and ambition, love and obsession all come into play in this compelling and spellbinding tale set in Renaissance Venice’ STYLIST
‘An intoxicating story about an incredible period in history’ THE SUN
‘A terrific book . . . Absorbing, exciting and, dare I say it, colourful. An original tale told beautifully’
A. D. SWANSTON
‘Hugely evocative, it’s a love story, it’s a thriller, it’s a fantastic page turner’ SOPHIE HAYDOCK, AUTHOR OF THE FLAMES
‘An alluring Renaissance mystery of rivalry in love and art, where the gothic dank darkness of Venice is steeped in dreams of exquisite colour’
Praise for Damian Dibben
‘An epic tale of love, of courage, of hope’ Evening Standard
‘I was captivated from the beginning’ Rachel Joyce, bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
‘Original, ambitious, moving’ Stylist
‘Bask in the brilliance’ The Mail on Sunday
A glorious, exuberant summer read. Dibben's triumph is the character of Zorzo, a buoyant, loveable guide to the grandeur and the dangers of Renaissance Venice * The Times * Ravishing, addictive, knife-sharp, ambitious, and singing with detail. 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. 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 colour. -- Rachel Joyce An engaging thriller and a compelling exploration of an artist's obsession with love and colour * Sunday Times * The Colour 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, colour. Written with language as vibrant as a Giorgione masterpiece, The Colour Storm is for lovers of art, Italy, and page-turning plot -- Stephanie Storey A story filled with intrigue and secrets as well as colour, Damian Dibben's new novel is filled with vivid descriptions . . . very rich in atmosphere and tone that keeps you wanting to read more * Love London Love Culture * A terrific book . . . Absorbing, exciting and, dare I say it, colourful. An original tale told beautifully -- A. D. Swanston Art and ambition, love and obsession all come into play in this compelling and spellbinding tale set in Renaissance Venice * STYLIST * Hugely evocative, it's a love story, it's a thriller, it's a fantastic page turner -- Sophie Haydock, author of THE FLAMES A rich and rousing tale of art, love, rivalry and obsession in Renaissance Venice -- Chloe Ashby, author of WET PAINT An intoxicating story about an incredible period in history * SUN * The pace of this elegant thriller quickens as truths are bared between controlling Jakob Fugger and abused Sybille with her tortuous past, while lovestruck Zorzo is pulled into a powerful situation that draws richly upon all elements of the 16th century * Perspective * 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 The pace of a thriller and the riches of a Renaissance painting -- Rachel Joyce * Observer * 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 A great work of historical fiction, which weaves together conspiracy, art and love in a thriller * Ruth Millington * Praise for Damian Dibben * - * Bask in the brilliance * Mail on Sunday * Original, ambitious, moving * Stylist * What a novel! Ambitious and wonderfully achieved * Michael Morpurgo * I was captivated from the beginning. Ornate, vivid, deeply coloured, and so precise I could smell and taste the world * Rachel Joyce * An epic tale of love, of courage, of hope * Evening Standard * A stunning and captivating tale * The Sun * A grand sweep of adventure and travel, war and romance, and a rich exploration of love, life and loyalty * National Public Radio * [An] opulent tale, with elements of both love story and thriller, featuring some of Venice's most admired High Renaissance artists hunting desperately for a dazzling new pigment that will transform their work and fortunes * Metro *
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