Gojinn I have enjoyed several books that fictionalize the life of artists, especially women. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lapiegre was too staggered wandering from Lippi to DaVinci to Michaelangelo to Botticelli — nothing, nothing can prepare the mind for seeing these paintings in person, they seem impossible, like miracles — and I had a hard time tearing myself away from them. The reader was fabulous, using expressiveness and well pronounced Italian to bring the story to life. Alexandra Lapierre provides the reader with comprehensive notes and references to show the reader why she has decided to use certain narrative or placed a particular slant on her perspective of some events.
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Start your review of Artemisia Write a review Shelves: art , wishlist , historical-fiction , library-2 , artemisia If you are unaware of Artemisia Gentileschi, then I can only say: shame on you! Arguably the most talented female painter of Baroque Italy, the victim of a rape and first public rape trial, and a true feminist; Artemisia is nothing short of amazing.
Sadly, her work and life is less known to those outside of the art world. Artemisia is a very unique novel, being difficult to describe in terms of format. Being neither a If you are unaware of Artemisia Gentileschi, then I can only say: shame on you! LaPierre is heavy on the history revealing the life of Artemisia and also that of Baroque Italy, art, the artist lifestyle, etc.
Have no fear though; the reader definitely gets to know each personality on an intimate level. Furthermore, the settings are also well-described but not overdone and do not overwhelm.
Everything has a set place and natural flow. The novel feels very much alive and is a true page-turner during which the reader begs to know what happens even those familiar with the events. There are small annoyances, however; such as a few awkward transitions from pure historic sections to HF and the habit of asking the reader questions. The last quarter of the book feels comparatively weaker to the previous sections and is sort of like a different novel, entirely.
The novel is much recommended for a plethora of readers including: HF fans, history lovers, art enthusiasts, devotees of Baroque Italy and the Medicis, artists, and of course: lovers of Artemisia, herself.
Though God knows if those eyes really wanted to see. The roof-tops, dark with people, threatened to cave in. Bate-headed in the scorching heat, women and children were crushed together at windows, or on terraces and loggias. The three children and the second wife of the patrician Francesco Cenci had killed him with hammer blows to the head. The Pope was not just the spiritual head of Christendom, he was a temporal sovereign and absolute monarch, reigning over all the territories of the Church, which extended across the centre of Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean.
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Though God knows if those eyes really wanted to see. The roof-tops, dark with people, threatened to cave in. Bate-headed in the scorching heat, women and children were crushed together at windows, or on terraces and loggias. The three children and the second wife of the patrician Francesco Cenci had killed him with hammer blows to the head.