The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

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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.
 

About Susan Vreeland

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Susan Vreeland is the internationally renowned author of five books, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue.
 
Published December 31, 2002 by Penguin Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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When the rapist is tried by a court of the Inquisition, it’s more as if Artemisia is the criminal than Agostino—who gets off free (thanks partly to Artemisia’s father, his own interests trumping his daughter’s) while Artemisia, after torture and public humiliation, is left only with a destroyed r...

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Studio and home become the battlefields of Artemisia's life, and Vreeland chronicles 20 years of the painter's struggles while raising her daughter alone.

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While THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA could have benefited from the insertion of color plates, Vreeland's descriptions of Artemisia's art and painting methods are rich in detail, giving an impression of sensuality wedded to strength in a way previously unseen in female figures.

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Susan Vreeland set a high standard with Girl in Hyacinth Blue, her best selling 1999 novel inspired by a Vermeer painting.

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