Recently rediscovered by art historians, and one of the few female post-Renaissance painters to achieve fame during her own era, Artemisia Gentileschi led a remarkably "modern" life. Susan Vreeland tells Artemisia's captivating story, beginning with her public humiliation in a rape trial at the age of eighteen, and continuing through her father's betrayal, her marriage of convenience, motherhood, and growing fame as an artist. Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, Genoa, and Naples, inhabited by historical characters such as Galileo and Cosimo de' Medici II, and filled with rich details about life as a seventeenth-century painter, Vreeland creates an inspiring story about one woman's lifelong struggle to reconcile career and family, passion and genius.
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The Passion of Artemisia
Beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyed to the last page. The author understands the mind, heart and passion of an artist! A must read!
This would be a great book club discussion book. A historical novel is such a pleasant way to learn about so many things you thought you were not interested in. The author made Artisimia seem very real.
This book is a fascinating work of historical fiction. As with all Susan Vreeland's books, I always want to go and view the discussed art from the book! I loved it.