Arthur Colonna seeking only to teach his students about the life and times of Renaissance artist Michelangelo conducts his class in the Chicago Museum of Natural History. There, the curator, Agnes la Straga, introduces him to the legend of The Magi Ring, which was widely believed to possess Supernatural Powers in 15th century Italy.
His two teen sons join him in confronting forces representing a centuries old feud between those who would use the power of the Magi Ring for their own purposes as they come face to face with a new student found naked at the foot of the Giant statue of the David in Florence, Italy.
Renaissance political intrigue, murder plots, msyterious supernataural events, faith challenges and Renaissance thought on freedom of expression, sexuality and art are brought into the present day and are met head on by Arthur Cola's living and breathing characters within the pages of The Stone Cutter Genius.
Chap.1: The twelve-year-old lad flew across the room, hitting the stone hearth and bouncing off it onto the brightly polished stone floor....
"No son of mine sahll be a stone cutter,"Lodovico had yelled with each swing...
Unsteady as he was, the young Michelangelo stood ready to receive further blows from his ill-tempered father, Lodovico Buonarroti.
Chap. 17: Arthur (Colonna) was left alone standing before "The David."
"How much have you seen over these five centuries," he thought. "If only you could speak."
He reached his hand up, stretched a bit and tapped the toes of the Giant.
"Hey that tickles."
Inspired by history's heroes by Jill Rozell/Prime Magazine
The Stone Cutter Genius,is a work of epic historical fiction. The novel melds political intrigue, murder, Catholicism and the Renaissance into a thrilling, modern-day cahse to find the legendary Magi Ring that belonged to Lorenzo de Medici, the de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic.