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The Passion of Artemisia
The Passion of Artemisia
Author: Susan Vreeland
In her luminous debut novel, Susan Vreeland told the story of a Vermeer painting that transformed the lives of its many owners with its beauty. Now, in her stunning new novel, she tells the story of a painter who transformed Renaissance Italy with the beauty of her work. The Passion of Artemisia chronicles the extraordinary life of Artemi...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780670894499
ISBN-10: 0670894494
Publication Date: 1/14/2002
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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MarciNYC avatar reviewed The Passion of Artemisia on
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.
readermuse avatar reviewed The Passion of Artemisia on + 96 more book reviews
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.
CozyLover avatar reviewed The Passion of Artemisia on + 335 more book reviews
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.
mwelday avatar reviewed The Passion of Artemisia on + 148 more book reviews
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.
sarahbeth8585 avatar reviewed The Passion of Artemisia on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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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joystar55 avatar reviewed The Passion of Artemisia on + 3 more book reviews
I enjoyed this book because of how thoroughly it detailed the challenges of a woman who was more talented then her male peers in an era when women were considered so inferior. Artemisia remained true to her gift no matter the pain.
A inspiration to women today to honor their own gifts.
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A great read! I read this book in three evenings. Vreeland's writing will draw you in. A person doesn't have to be an artist to enjoy this book. Artemesia Gentileschi's struggle to find love, forgiveness & wholeness through painting is displayed vividly & with detail. Artemesia persevered to overcome her past from sexual abuse in her young womanhood. he endured public mockery, and a court trial. She learned to paint passionately what others couldn't see/and hadn't painted before. She became an accomplished paintenr during the post-Renaissance Italy. I enjoyed reading this book. Vreeland's writing is excellent..
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A beautiful story, takes place in Italy during the time of the Medici. I loved this book!