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.


Soviet Idealism

In a Fort Worth exhibit of Russian and American paintings, two groups of artists use the same vocabulary to express profoundly different views of life and art.

A Developing Art

The current show at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts brings 150 years of photography into sharp focus.

Unplanned Obsolescence

In a Houston retrospective, the art of Julian Schnabel appears to be aging prematurely.

Learning to Love the Bomb

Can a Texas publisher of technical books make a difference in the nuclear powers’ arms race? You bet.

Wonder Plane

Up in the sky, it’s a plan, it’s a helicopter—no it’s a tiltrotor, the Texas hybrid that will soon revolutionize air travel.

Pleasant Under Glass

The exuberant crystal towers above San Antonio’s botanical conservatory have captures everyone’s attention. Inside, it’s even better.

Lost Horizons

An exhibit at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum contends that before the cowboy became America’s hero, Indians and mountain men were the icons of a vanishing frontier.

From the Wyeth House to the White House

The Dallas Museum of Art hosts an eighty-year retrospective of Wyeth family art that carries Nancy Reagan’s seal of approval.

Subjects of the Realm

Hans Holbein’s life drawings are a tantalizing glumpse into the lusty court of Henry VIII. And courtesy of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, they’re on view at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

New Kid on the Block

The Menil Collection has received so much attention that its opening this month may seem anticlimactic. The only unknown is what the director plans to do with it all.

Romancing the Stone

Using a circular saw and a shrewd commercial sense, Plano housewife Sandy Stein chiseled a new life for herself as a sculptor.

Art of the People

An innovative folk art exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art affirms the irrepressible spirit of the Mexican people.

Animal Magnetism

Melissa Miller’s lions and tiger confront demons, dance under the moon, and reflect the ambiguity of the modern world.

Post-Modern Times

Two gleaming office towers are going up face to face in downtown Austin. Now their marketing managers have to rent the town asunder.

The Blood-red Maya

At the heart of this ancient culture were cruelty, self-mutilation, and ghostly visions.