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The Passion of Artemisia (Paperback, New Ed): Susan Vreeland
The Passion of Artemisia (Paperback, New Ed): Susan Vreeland

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The Passion of Artemisia (Paperback, New Ed)

Susan Vreeland

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This is a proud successor to Susan Vreeland's first art-inspired novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue. This time the artist, rather then the painting, is the focus of her work, and although Artemisia Gentileschi lived in the 17th century, the passions and conflicts she experiences have a resounding relevance today. This is not merely the account of a life, it is a work about the choices women face between career and family, the jealousy of a husband who sees his wife achieving more recognition than he does, the misogynistic nature of a male-dominated society. But above all, it is the story of one woman's rise to greatness despite enduring a humiliating personal tragedy, and how she uses that tragedy to inspire some of her greatest paintings. The novel opens during the trial of Agostino Tassi, a colleague employed by Artemisia's father Orazio Gentileschi, to teach his young daughter the finer points of perspective. Tassi rapes the 18-year-old Artemisia before embarking on an affair, promising he will marry her. Artemisia is publicly humiliated and tortured during the trial, suffering a brutal physical examination in front of the (male) court and being cruelly tortured. Branded a whore, she is quickly married off to a struggling painter, Pietro Stiattesi, and they begin a new life together in Florence. Although Artemisia enjoys some degree of contentment in her new life, her relationship with her husband is only mildly affectionate; even the birth of their daughter, Palmira, cannot conceal their growing estrangement. When Artemisia wins the patronage of the powerful Medici family and becomes the first woman to be admitted to the Accademia dell'Arte, Pietro's jealousy and humiliation know no bounds and the offer of a lucrative commission in Genoa is the final straw. He refuses to accompany her, and Artemisia sets off for the next stage of her life with only her young daughter. Vreeland's book pulses with drama and intrigue. Yet this is not an action-packed novel but a brilliantly vibrant work, as rich and absorbing as any of Artemisia's famous paintings. The sights, smells and tastes of Italy leap from the page, and the descriptions of Artemisia's unashamed, unfettered joy in her painting have a moving intensity. This is indeed a novel about Artemisia's passion; passion not only for her work, but passion in its original, Biblical sense of suffering, for without suffering there would have been no Judith and Holofernes and no Lucrezia. Vreeland has written a compelling and moving account of Artemisia's life which will inspire many readers to turn to the paintings and discover for themselves the real woman who poured her tragedies onto canvas. (Kirkus UK)
From extraordinary highs - patronage by the Medicis, friendship with Galileo and, most importantly of all, beautiful and outstandingly original paintings - to rape by her father's colleague, torture by the Inquisition, life-long struggles for acceptance by the artistic Establishment, and betrayal by the men she loved, Artemisia was a bold and brilliant woman who lived as she wanted, and paid a high price. Now Susan Vreeland, author of the acclaimed GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, brings her story to passionate and vivid life.


Imprint: Headline Review
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2002
Authors: Susan Vreeland
Dimensions: 197 x 127 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 352
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-7472-6533-7
Barcode: 9780747265337
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Historical fiction
Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-7472-6533-X

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