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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Out of the three novels alexanfra I’ve read about Artemisia, this one is my favourite, and the one that is the best written. I’m still not c I have read some but. LaPierre is heavy on the history revealing the life of Artemisia and also that of Baroque Italy, art, the artist lifestyle, etc.

The prose is beautifully constructed; this is a sensuous and evocative read. A number of colour plates are provided of not only Artemisia’s paintings but also her fathers and other artists involved in her story.

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I found that this manner of story telling in this particular account did not detract from the book in any fashion. Artemisia Alexandra Lapierre Limited preview – Jul 14, Janet rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book. It’s very possible that the cause of this was a poor translation because the qlexandra felt clunky and sort of haphazard.

I give it only 3 stars because I was lacking more information about her art work coming from Irving STONE’s biography of Michel Angelo in “The Agony and the Ecstasy” The Agony and the Ecstasy ; such a masterpiece is difficult to be surpassed… ; I didn’t like the agtemisia details of the plot leading up to the rape, the length of report of the process and its aftermath which in total takes pages, almost half of the book! Refresh and try again. While Artemesia is incredible subject to learn about and her story is incredible, I felt the storytelling was drab and detailed at times to the point that I was a bit confused.

Maybe it turns wonderful after the first hundred pages All of Rome was riveted by the trial. Lapierrre is a novel that comes with pages of notes and references and 16 pages of full colour plates featuring much of her most well known work along with several of her lapkerre. It recounts her complex relationship with her painter father, a childhood rape and subsequent trial, and the political scene of the time when artists were not only xlexandra by wealthy patrons but used as spies in the ongoing battle for alexndra between the Pope and t Good historical biography of one aretmisia the greatest painters you probably haven’t head of: Account Options Sign in.


Leggiamo di una donna tradita, delusa, amareggiata. Artemisia sought revenge through her art, portraying women liberating their fellow citizens from tyrants. First and foremost it is important to mention that this is not a romanticised story of a famous person.

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Artemisia by Alexandra Lapierre

As for the laymen, this book is a succession of facts, with some interesting information about the life of an artist certainly female! Her works have been widely translated and she has received numerous awards, including the Honorary Award of the Association of American University Women. A Novel Alexandra Lapierre No preview available – Too bad the author’s prose does not have any of the life of that painting.

Account Options Sign in. Artemisia by Alexandra Lapierre. The book is over pages and I found it a very easy to read account and it has provoked in me a desire to learn more about this great female artist. Bonus research notes at the end detailing history verses fiction and Detailed insight into the life and times of the first famous female artist during the Baroque period in Europe.

It’s the reading equivalent of a poorly constructed documentary where historical facts are briefly illuminated by imaginative re-enactments. Which was incredibly frustrating for this reader: Apprenticed at an early age to her father, the seventeenth-century painter Orazio Gentileschi, she rapidly became more famous than he was, for her rich, dramatic canvases.

The life of Artemisia is so complex, vibrant and violent and I felt the language and mode of writing did not express that. The Gentileschi name was dragged through scandal, for Artemisia refused, even when tortured, to deny it happened. She lets the reader know that at times she has fictionalised some of the narrative but never the facts. There are small annoyances, however; such as a few awkward transitions from pure historic sections to HF and the habit of asking the reader questions.


Quickly, Artemisia masters and may have surpassed her father, much to his extreme jealously.

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In my opinion of course – the review quotes – words like “masterpiece” are used – make it obvious I’m in the minority. For those who like their history on the lighter side, a novel by Susan Vreeland called The Passion of Artemisia is your alternate choice.

Meanwhile, he is obsessed with her keeping her honor for the sake of the family, yet he trusts his colleague Tassi and gives him the access to his house that leads to Artemissia deflowe The century after the Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior. In fact the 80 pages of notes used by the author to support her account makes fascinating reading in themselves.

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Artemisia Gentileschi is one of the most fascinating artists in history. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Raped at age seventeen by an associate of her father she filed a complaint and took the matter to trial a scandalous and unheard of event in when women had little voice.

It was hard to tell if this was a novel or a biography. At the age of seventeen, she was violently raped by Agostino Tassi, an artist friend of Orazio’s. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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Grove Press- Fiction – pages. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Additionally, the writing was not good. Jan 19, Gianna added it.

Che si dipinge nuda e bellissima come Allegoria dell’Inclinazione nella casa di Michelangelo mentre la Vreeland aveva immaginato che avesse utilizzato una modella, togliendo tantissimo impatto alla vicenda.