Laura Morelli



Laura Morelli


Sea Island, GA, USA


Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Audiobook

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Laura Morelli holds a PhD in art history from Yale University and is the author of fiction and nonfiction inspired by the history of art. She has taught college students in the United States and Italy, and has developed lessons for TED-Ed. Her flagship shopping guidebook, Made in Italy, has led travelers off the beaten track for more than two decades. Her award-winning historical novels include The Painter’s Apprentice, The Gondola Maker, The Giant, and The Night Portrait: A Novel of WWII & da Vinci’s Italy. Learn more at


Publishers Weekly Bestseller (The Night Portrait)

Book Club Pick at Costco, Target, Hudson News, Veranda Magazine (The Night Portrait)

Writer’s Digest Book Award Honorable Mention (The Painter’s Apprentice)

Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Finalist (The Painter’s Apprentice)

Editor’s Choice, Historical Novels Review (The Painter’s Apprentice & The Gondola Maker)

IPPY Award for Historical Fiction (The Gondola Maker)

Benjamin Franklin Award for Fiction (The Gondola Maker)

Da Vinci Eye Prize for book cover design (The Gondola Maker)

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The Night Portrait


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Book Title 2

The Giant


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Book Title 3

The Painter’s Apprentice 


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Book Title 4

The Gondola Maker


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