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The Passion of Artemisia
The Passion of Artemisia
Author: Susan Vreeland
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'...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780142001820
ISBN-10: 0142001821
Publication Date: 12/31/2002
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 150 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
Vreeland's fictionalised tale of painter Artemisia Gentileschi is a must-read. I could hardly put this down once I began reading. She melds fiction and history into a wonderfully engaging tale.
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to several people. Artemisia is a real painter in renaissance Italy but the story is fictional. Susan Vreeland really combines the real aspects of Artemisia's life with the fiction beautifully. This book had me researching Artemisia to see her paintings. You can find them on-line by doing a simple search. It is interesting to see the paintings that has been described in the book.
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Helpful Score: 2
A thought-provoking portrait of Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Artemisia is a woman who was brutalized by her father's contemporary, persecuted by the court system, married off to a man she didn't know to save her father's reputation and all the while she still managed to express an amazing amount of painterly talent while bucking the traditonal "man's domain" of art. Very well written with rich, period details and a great deal of emotion. A tale that is not easily forgotten.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought this was superbly written. Vreeland's writing style is so beautiful and vivid. I thought there was wonderful character development...the reader goes through life with Artemisia and discovers life truths along with her. I think this is the best novel by Vreeland. An excellent read, I highly recommend it.
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This is a great book. It has to do with a woman painter in old-time Italy. She went through a lot in this book. She was raped as a teenager and brought her rapist to trial, where the rapist said she was a whore. After the trial she gets married off by her father to a poor painter with a wandering eye... it was really good.
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The first 2/3rds of the book are enthralling and historically exciting descriptions of the Florentine and Genoan art worlds and Artemesia's process in creating works. However, for some reason, in the latter 1/3rd of the book the author abandons this focus and instead turns Artemesia into a sanctimonious celebate, dragging her whiny daughter to more fantastic European art centers, but with nary a description of them or the art she creates there! This mostly ruined the book for me and the predictable, formulaic ending finished it off. There are a lot of exciting elements, but I'd just stop after Artemesia leaves Genoa.
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I honestly was completely unaware of the existence of this female painter until I read this book. It is an amazing story of a woman that battled the stereotypes of what or who a painter was during the Renaissance. This book actually prompted me to do a search online and it is amazing the amount of paintings by Artemisia that are in museums and private collections. How could so little be known about the life and talent of someone so brilliant..
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I majored in art history in college and taught art for 21 years. I love stories about artists. I first read Susan Vreeland when I found her new book on Tiffany and his female artists at our local library. I liked that book very much so I proceeded to read all the other books she had written about artists and also enjoyed them all very much. I placed orders for three on PBS and am happy to have them in my home library.