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The Passion of Artemisia | [Susan Vreeland]

The Passion of Artemisia

Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa, and Naples, peopled with historical characters and filled with the details of the life of a 17th-century painter, The Passion of Artemisia is the story of Gentileschi's struggle to find love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art.
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Publisher's Summary

At age 18, Artemisia Gentileschi finds herself humiliated in papal court for publicly accusing her painting teacher of rape. When even her father does not stand up for her, she realizes that her reputation in Rome is ruined, and she begs to have a marriage arranged for her. Her husband takes her to Florence, where their life together offers the promise of love and family. Artemisia's painting talent blossoms and she becomes the first woman elected to the Accademia dell' Arte. But marriage clashes with her newfound fame, and she begins a lifelong search to reconcile painting and motherhood, passion and genius.

Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa, and Naples, peopled with historical characters and filled with the details of the life of a 17th-century painter, The Passion of Artemisia is the story of Gentileschi's struggle to find love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art.

©2002 Susan Vreeland; (P)2002 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"The Passion of Artemisia offers a vivid portrait of a complex female artist who doggedly pursues her passion despite seemingly overwhelming obstacles." (Booklist)
"Vreeland's remarkable ability...makes this novel an accomplished work of art." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    L. Worthington Bonney Lake, WA United States 01-04-04
    L. Worthington Bonney Lake, WA United States 01-04-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Not exactly a biography"

    The author takes events and information about Artemisia and develops her own story about Artemisia's life. While very interesting, one must remember that is is fictional based on a real character. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed listening to this book immensly and wanted to believe it to be true. I'll definitely listen to it again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-12-03
    Susan Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-12-03
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    "Listen to the sample first"

    My rating is for this as an audiobook. I can't make any judgment about the work itself, because I couldn't listen past the first couple of hours. The narration is way over the top. Admittedly it begins with a rape trial, but the narrator doesn't let up, even in the tranquil setting of a nunnery every other word is emphasized. If you enjoyed The Girl in Hyacinth Blue, I'd suggest that you listen to the sample first and decide whether you could stand 9 hours of it. If not, buy the print version.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 01-18-04
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 01-18-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Engrossing"

    No, it wasn't a biography, but the story was beautiful and I think very realistic. I think that the emotions expressed by the narrator went along very well with the book, and the story was engrossing and poignant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Dwight, IL, USA 12-13-03
    Robert Dwight, IL, USA 12-13-03
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    "La Dolce Vita!"

    As an artist and also a victim of rape, I identified with Artemisia. Her story is endearing and inciteful, unfolding the life of a female artist in the 1600's plus dealing with the struggles of women, whether 400 years ago or today. I recommend this book to those who embrace art and womanhood. The narrator's voice is pure emotion.
    Downside - I hated the ending. It left me wanting more.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kay IL 05-21-03
    Kay IL 05-21-03 Member Since 2003

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    "Disappointing"

    I was expecting a serious biography of Artemisia, but this book is a lightweight romance.

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    maria aguirre 07-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "historical dramatization"

    I like Susan Vreeland's writing style and subjects. I look at Gentilschi's art differently now.

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    "Inspiring..."

    I enjoyed reading this book very much and loved the way Vreeland writes...It was an inspiring book.

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