Michael Ennis

Michael Ennis has been a regular contributor to Texas Monthly since 1977. He is the New York Times best-selling author of the historical novels The Malice of Fortune, Duchess of Milan, and Byzantium, which have been published worldwide. He earned his degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley; taught art history at the University of Texas, Austin; and is a former John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Fellow. His nonfiction writing, on subjects ranging from military preparedness and national politics to art and architecture, has won several national awards; been included in the curriculum of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and has been published in a number of books and anthologies as well as magazines such as Esquire, ARTnews, and Architectural Digest.

Stories

The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Houston’s Museum of Fine Art resurrects the genius of Mark Rothko. James Surls tries to answer the tricky question: what is Texas art? Amarillo hosts five pioneers of American photography.

The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Houston’s Museum of Fine Art resurrects the genius of Mark Rothko. James Surls tries to answer the tricky question: what is Texas art? Amarillo hosts five pioneers of American photography.

Golden Oldies

Look, but don’t touch-three museums with glittering antiques from Pompeii, India, and Peru.

Golden Oldies

Look, but don’t touch-three museums with glittering antiques from Pompeii, India, and Peru.

The Emperor’s Old Clothes

Old embroidery doesn’t die, it just becomes art.

The Emperor’s Old Clothes

Old embroidery doesn’t die, it just becomes art.

The World on an Easel

The modern realist’s motto is what you see is what you paint.

The World on an Easel

The modern realist’s motto is what you see is what you paint.

Through the Looking Glass

For Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, art mirrored pain.

Rainbow County

From China, with kid gloves.

Rainbow County

From China, with kid gloves.

Of Mice and Mini

The large art of the very small.

Of Mice and Mini

The large art of the very small.

The Shape of Things to Come

The future’s over, and the past has just begun

Rhythm ‘N’ Hues

Riding a color merry-go-round with America’s first modern painters.

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