MICHAEL ENNIS taught art history at the University of Texas, developed museum programs as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and worked as an independent curator and consultant. He has won several awards for art criticism, and written for such magazines as Esquire and Architectural Digest and is a regular contributor to Texas Monthly. He is the author of two previous historical novels, Byzantium and The Duchess of Milan. Michael lives in Dallas with his wife, Ellen, a television producer, and their daughter Arielle. The author lives in Dallas, Texas.