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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,959 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Vreeland Narrator: Gigi Bermingham Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After Artemisia Gentileschi, a promising young painter, is raped by her instructor, a papal court orders her torture and her father betrays her. Shamed but not vanquished, she asks her harsh parent to arrange her marriage to another painter and, thus vindicated in the eyes of society and the church, she begins a new life. But not a happy one.

Artemisia’s visceral passion to create art—specifically, to depict on canvas the kind of strong heroine she herself has become—threatens to overwhelm her roles as wife and daughter. Her struggle to reconcile her conflicting passions lies at the heart of Artemisia’s story, ingeniously crafted by Susan Vreeland, whose gift of language is matched by her uncanny ability to evoke a distant time and place.

Vreeland’s previous novel, the bestselling Girl in Hyacinth Blue, dazzled the critics and was voted a Book Sense Book of the Year finalist. Once again bringing the visual arts to vivid life, The Passion of Artemisia is a glowing, subtly delineated portrait of a remarkable woman—the first to make a significant contribution to art history.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hilary Lang Greenebaum | 2/12/2014

    " I really loved this book! A brilliant woman who makes it on her own in artistic and spiritual context of 16th century Italy. Apparently it was produced as a play in San Jose by a Humbolt theater group and am sorry to have missed that. Now I want to study her paintings! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 2/6/2014

    " This is my second Vreeland novel - and I was not disappointed. If you like stories about strong women, historical fiction, or art, then this book is a good choice. What I liked most was reading about the struggles of Artemisia in a time when women's roles were in the home with family and children. She broke the mold long before the women's liberation movement. For me, the story of her career was also very compelling as I love art and enjoyed reading about the artist in her time. The author also worked hard to keep the storyline true to the history and morals of the time period. While fiction, the background of Artemisia, the town, her paintings, other artists, etc, are all based on the author's extensive research. I would recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Victoria | 2/5/2014

    " quick read. novel so not really a great bio. wished that there had been pictures of her works that are mentioned. would like to read a great bio "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Fortunata | 1/29/2014

    " Now and then you come across a story that is hard to put down and this is one of them. The incredible story of the Renaissance female painter Artemisia Gentileschi, a genius who achieved success in a man's world. "

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