The Painter of Souls by Philip Kazan
A Novel

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If the novel sends readers back to the original fresco, then the artistic heresy might be worth the wrath it will bring down on him from the art historians.
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An extraordinary story of passion, art, and intrigue, this novel journeys to a time and place in Italy where desire reigns supreme—and salvation is found in the strangest of places.


Beauty can be a gift—or a wicked temptation.

So it is for Filippo Lippi, growing up in Renaissance Florence. He has a talent—not only can he see the beauty in everything, he can capture it, paint it. But while beauty can seduce you and art can transport you—it cannot always feed you or protect you.


To survive, Pippo Lippi, orphan, street urchin, budding rogue, must first become Fra Filippo Lippi: Carmelite friar, man of God. His life will take him down two paths at once. He will become a gambler, a forger, a seducer of nuns; and at the same time he will be the greatest painter of his time, the teacher of Botticelli and the confidante of the Medicis.


So who is he really—lover, believer, father, teacher, artist? Is anything true except the paintings?

 

About Philip Kazan

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Philip Kazan is a historian, a passionate cook, and a keen traveler. This is his first book to be published in America. He lives in England and blogs at www.philipkazan.wordpress.com.
 
Published May 3, 2016 by Pegasus Books. 261 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by SARAH DUNANT on Jun 01 2016

If the novel sends readers back to the original fresco, then the artistic heresy might be worth the wrath it will bring down on him from the art historians.

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