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. Download and start listening now!