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  • Published: 23 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405925808
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

The Colour Storm

The compelling and spellbinding story of art and betrayal in Renaissance Venice

Enter the world of Renaissance Venice, where the competition for fame and fortune can mean life or death, in this immersive novel of art and the Inquisition.

Artists flock to Renaissance Venice for wealth, fame and revolutionary colour. Yet for Giorgione 'Zorzo' Barbarelli, competition is fierce and debts are mounting. Then Zorzo hears of a brand new pigment, owned by merchant Jakob Fugger, which could change his fate.
To get closer to Fugger, Zorzo befriends his wife, Sybille. Soon, he's lost - enchanted by her - but acting on his feelings would put him in huge danger.
As water levels rise and the plague creeps closer, Zorzo isn't sure whom he can trust. Will Sybille be the key to Zorzo's success, or the reason for his downfall?

  • Published: 23 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405925808
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Damian Dibben

Damian Dibben, described by the Observer as ‘one of the hottest properties in children’s fiction today,’ is the creator of international publishing phenomenon, The History Keepers. The books are published in over 40 countries and translated into 26 languages.

The books follow the adventures of Jake Djones who finds that his parents are missing – lost in time. Jake sets out to find them and joins the secret society known as The History Keepers. His life will never be the same again.

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I was captivated from the beginning. Ornate, vivid, deeply coloured, and so precise I could smell and taste the world

Rachel Joyce

What a novel! Ambitious and wonderfully achieved

Michael Morpurgo

An epic tale of love, of courage, of hope

Evening Standard

Bask in the brilliance

Mail on Sunday

Original, ambitious, moving


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

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

A terrific book . . . Absorbing, exciting and, dare I say it, colourful. An original tale told beautifully

A. D. Swanston

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

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

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

An engaging thriller and a compelling exploration of an artist's obsession with love and colour

Sunday Times

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

Art and ambition, love and obsession all come into play in this compelling and spellbinding tale set in Renaissance Venice


An intoxicating story about an incredible period in history


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


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

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