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The Miracles of Prato: A Novel
The Miracles of Prato A Novel
Author: Laurie Albanese, Laura Morowitz
Italy, 1456. The Renaissance is in glorious bloom, an age of unbridled creativity, commerce, art, and innovation. One of the most colorful men of this astonishing time is Fra Filippo Lippi, equally revered as a painter and reviled as a rogue. A great artist, he serves Cosimo de' Medici and the Catholic Church, creating masterpieces in celebratio...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061558351
ISBN-10: 0061558354
Publication Date: 2/1/2010
Pages: 400
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Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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This tale of Renaissance Italy was written "as a testament to the incredible love between a cloistered woman and the extraordinary painter-monk who left behind some of the most beautiful artwork of all time." Fra Filippo Lippi falls in love with his model Lucrezia Buto who was sequestered among the nuns of Santa Margherita after the death of her father. This fate was not uncommon in an age when women without funds were at the mercy of unhappy decisions made for them. But to fall in love with a painter and have an illicit affair brought difficulties unimagined. The novel strikes a good balance between reality (the piety of the age; the excitement of the time; and the world of art) and a heartfelt romance. The summary above says it better than I.


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