The Passion of Artemisia Author:Susan Vreeland In her luminous debut novel, "Girl in Hiacinth Blue," Susan Vreeland told story of Bermeer painting that transforms the lives of its many owners with its beauty. Now, in "THe Passion of Artemisia," she tells the story of Artemisia Gentileschi, a painter who beguiled post-Renaissance Italy with the beauty of her work. — At age eighteen, Artemisia ... more »Gentileschi finds herself humiliated in papal court for publicly accusing her painting teacher, Agostino Tassi, of raping her. When even her father does not stand up for her and she realizes that she will never live down her reputation as a loose woman if she stays in Rome, she begs to have a marriage arranged for her. Her new husband, an artist named Pietro Stiattesi, takes her to his native Florence, where their life together offers the promise of love and family. Here Artemisia's talent for paingint blossoms and she becomes the first woman eleced to the Accademia dell' Arte. But marriage clashes with ther newfound fmae as a painter, and she begins a lifelong search to reconcile painting nad motherhood, painting and genius.
Set against the glorious backdrop of Rome, Florence, Genoa, and Naples, people with historical characters such as Cosimo de' Medici II and Galileo and filled with the details of the life of a seventeenth-century painter, "The Passion of Artemisia" is the story of Gentileschi's struggle to find love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art. A worthy successor to "Girl in Hyacinth Blue," it is at once a dramatic tale of love, a moving father-daughter story, and portrait of an astonishing woman who ignored the conventions of her day and dared to follow her heart.« less