LaPierre’s heavily researched–but racy–historical novel covers the passionate life of Italian Renaissance artist Artemisia Gentileschi (), who survived . A few of the reviews. “In this graceful translation Artemisia employs admirable artistry in depicting the turbulent life and times of two great painters.” –The New. “The most comprehensive treatment ever [of Artemisia] in a new book that is already an Artemisia. by Alexandra Lapierre Translated from French by Liz Heron.

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Her lapkerre have been widely translated and she has received numerous awards, including the Honorary Award of the Association of American University Women. I love the stories behind the art I have enjoyed all these years past In my opinion of course – the review quotes – words like “masterpiece” are used – make it obvious I’m in the minority.

The Gentileschi name was dragged through scandal, for Artemisia refused, even when tortured, to deny it happened.

Makes you wonder how many great artists have been lost to history because they were women. Out of the three novels that I’ve read about Artemisia, this one is my favourite, and the arte,isia that is the best written.

The last quarter of the book feels comparatively weaker to the previous sections and is sort of like a different novel, entirely. The Story of a Battle for Greatness. Some of her paintings can be find at: But at the age of seventeen Artemisia was raped by her father’s best friend and partner.


A few of the reviews

Found the book at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at an exhibit of her and Orazio’s work. I definitely appreciated the inclusion of prints of the artist’s works in the book, since that added to the experience of the story of Artemisia’s life and work.

I was too staggered wandering from Lapierte to DaVinci to Michaelangelo to Botticelli – nothing, nothing can prepare the mind for aldxandra these paintings in person, they seem impossible, like miracles – and I had a hard time tearing myself away from them. For the longer review, please go here: In an era when female painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first female painter to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and to have her works commissioned by Popes and the nobility.

A number of maps have also alexadnra placed in the book to assist the reader with following the story, events and travels of Artemisia. Oltre che per un ottimo libro. Refresh and try again. It may not please those historians or experts in the field of art but to me, a novice, I found it a great approach to help the reader understand this great artist and the times she lived in.

I recommend this book if y I read this book as an audio book and it captured my interest from the first few moments. Indeed, she went farther: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Artemisia: A Novel – Alexandra Lapierre – Google Books

It was unreadable mainly because the names in the book are so freakin’ long! At the age of seventeen, This fictional rendering of the life of renowned artist Artemisia Gentileschi, daughter of Italian painter Orazio Gentileschi, first published in France inreads more like an exhaustive social In fact the 80 pages of notes used by the author to support her account makes fascinating reading in themselves.


Grove Press- Fiction – pages. Grove Press- Fiction – pages.

Historias de mujeres, historias del arte Patricia Mayayo No preview available – At the age of seventeen, she was violently raped by Agostino Tassi, an artist friend of Orazio’s. Lapierre brings the historical Artemisia Gentileschi to vivid life, capturing the sights, sounds, and artemissia of Baroque Italy as well as the life of this remarkable woman.

Baroque Italy at its best and worst. Leggiamo la aalexandra deposizione, che emana forza e orgoglio, mentre viene sottoposta al supplizio della corda e dice ad Agostino Tassi, fissandolo: Born in the early s when artists were the celebrities of the day, I also have a secret passion for having heroines in my life It says on the cover that this is a novel, but I don’t know if that’s what this artemisix is.

I’m not willing to give it any more time. Preview — Artemisia by Alexandra Lapierre. O anche solo consultato per l’imponente opera di ricerca e la ricca bibliografia che contiene. Nice integration of court documents, insight into cultural mores.