Laura Morelli is an American art historian and the USA Today bestselling author of travel guides and historical fiction.
The first time I visited Venice as a wide-eyed teenager, I knew I was supposed to buy Murano glass, but I had no idea why.
All I knew was that I was whisked to the famous “glass island” on an overcrowded, stinky boat. I waited behind two dozen American and Japanese tourists to pay an exorbitant price for a little glass fish—what a bewildering experience!
Still, it was the artistic traditions of the world that inspired me to study the past. Living in Europe and Latin America, I realized that in many places, centuries-old craft traditions are still living traditions.
So began my quest to discover craftspeople passing on a special kind of knowledge to the next generation.
Books in order of publication:
The Gondola Maker (2014)
The Tapestry. The Scriptorium. (2015)
Bridge of Sighs. The Scriptorium (2016)
The Painter’s Apprentice. The Scriptorium (2017)
The Giant: A Novel of Michelangelo’s David. The Scriptorium (2020)
The Night Portrait: A Novel of WWII & Da Vinci’s Italy. Harper Collins (William Morrow) (2020)
The Stolen Lady: A Novel of WWII & the Mona Lisa. Harper Collins (William Morrow). (2021).
Made in the Southwest (2006)
Made in France (2008)
Made in Italy (2008)
Made in Naples & the Amalfi Coast (2015)
Made in Venice (2015)
Artisans of Venice (2015)
Made in Florence (2015)
Artisans in Florence (2015)