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The only thing that could improve this book, or at least the cheap Dutch edition I read, is a list of Italian words used and color prints of the paintings I love love love this book. She struggles to make sense of a daughter who would choose love over painting. She painted her beautiful rendition of Cleopatra and the Asp: I couldn’t be bothered to look them up and find out susaan they meant, sometimes I guessed, sometimes I didn’t care.

For readers who are unfamiliar with Artemisia’s work, this novel has no draw.

She becomes the first woman ever accepted into the prestigious Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence. Refresh and try again. It was post-renaissance in Italy and a young woman was trying to make it as a painter. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Powerful and yet entertaining. One thing Vreeland does do well in this book is get inside the mind of the main character, a fema I first read one of Vreeland’s books when I was in middle school Girl in Hyacinth Blueand I remember enjoying it very much.

The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland. This was all truth, but only Susan Vreeland could write about Artemisia with such charisma and heart. May 28, Dree rated it liked it Shelves: Ho poi il tarlo della verosimiglianza storica e pur non essendo un’esperta le discrepanze mi hanno uggiato.

In this Artemisia was a champion, far beyond her artistic accomplishments and abilities. Artemisia was a bit too much of a victim for my liking, and often, she was a victim of herself.


Nov 12, Darci rated it liked it Recommends it for: Le ambientazioni sono quelle claustrofobiche dell’Italia del primo seicento, in cui per fare arte bisognava sottostare ai capricci dei ricchi committenti e nessuno era al sicuro dalla lunga mano dell’inquisizione; l’autrice riesce a ricostruire vividamente l’atmosfera del periodo, grazie anche all’introduzione di personaggi quali Galileo e Cosimo de Medici.

Allora gli aveva tagliato la testa e il giorno seguente l’aveva mostrata ai suoi soldati.

From the first I was enthralled and through out remained encompassed by Artemisia. She was completely passive while she was sawing through a man’s neck. Mar 07, Marialyce rated it really liked it. At least in the book she was. It IS about the soul of artist too. However, the book focuses a lot on things I’m not interested in, such as marriage and kids and cheating husbands and and forgiveness.

She wanted to be loved but she wasn’t very loving. La risposta piu’ ovvia e’ che certe scene non sono semplici da scrivere e forse e’ meglio che non sia stata inserita, visto che il resto del romanzo e’ inesorabilmente lento, e tutti gli eventi sono, appunto, eventi. She cares for a loves her daughter Palmiera deeply, but her work is the most important thing in her life.

When she was going up the Thames and noted the bleached world in comparison, I knew exactly what she missed. I liked the descriptions of Florence and some of the great works of art to be found there.

I am liking this more and more. Every shade of yellow ocher, sienna, orange, cinnamon, and dull green powders spilled out of large muslin bags onto the street.

Both are about artists, both occur in the mid s, the latter in Holland and the one I am currently reading taking place in Italy. It is about the artist and the model, husband and wife, parents and children Susan Vreeland fairly faithfully follows and recounts the real events in the life of 17th century Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi Lomi.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Reading about painted is often inspiring, and I’ve now been introduced to another talented artist. There is love and there is acceptance even of traits that are so very different between the mother and daughter.


Salomy Almalki rated it did not like it Apr 23, I seem to be on a path to a line of books in a row that conceive as core examples of women wanting and achieving “non-feminine” roles or aspirations.

Her happiness, her life, her very being was a living breathing tableau of painting, of seeing art in the smallest of objects, and thoroughly exploring her craft. The colors of my new city. Rakel rated it did not like it Aug 28, Quella era la donna che volevo dipingere.

The Passion of Artemisia

Vreeland’s book does a decent job of introducing such pieces and creating an atmosphere paasione the 17th century time period, and much of her book seems well researched. Susan Vreeland is a very good writer of historical fiction, although I don’t always like her subject matter, I did in this one.

San Diego Theodor S. There was a calmness in Chevalier’s book while this book pulses with urgency. Shirley Choy rated it did not like it Dec 15, For me the pleasure had been visual, in creating shape and applying the color, and tactile, in smearing the thick creamy paint paxsione my palette, but the pleasure was not of the mind.

La passione di Artemisia

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about the life of an artist and perhaps passiione fiction lovers in general. It’s a high 3 stars because it was written well, and I have to love Artemisia, always have.

But with that being said, I think that is why I dislike her reprehensible characters be I have a cute little niece with this same name so when I had to pick a book about a painter it artemjsia easy to pull this one up.