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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Too bad the author’s prose does not have any of the life of that painting.
Born to the artist Orazio Gentileschi at the beginning of the s, when artists were the celebrities of the day, Artemisia was apprenticed to her father at an early age, showing such remarkable talent that he viewed her as the most prec An international best-seller, Artemisia is based alexahdra the passionate story of one of the Western world’s first significant female artists.
The volume does have some high-quality photos of some of Artemisia’s paintings.
Artemisia by Alexandra Lapierre
Which was incredibly frustrating for this reader: Artemisia Gentileschi is one of the most fascinating artists in history. At the age of seventeen, But it is a novel, not a biography, and while I understand the need to depict in fictional form to get to the rich complexity of her life, it just did not convince.
Furthermore, the settings are also well-described but not overdone and do not overwhelm. The Gentiles An international best-seller, Artemisia is based on the passionate story of one of the Western world’s first significant female artists.
View all 15 comments. The novel drags with the court case against Tassi, but it was interesting to learn how far our present legal and justice system is beyond that of 17th C Italy. Historias de mujeres, historias del arte Patricia Mayayo No preview available – Published September 21st by Grove Press first published Leggiamo la sua deposizione, che emana forza e orgoglio, mentre viene sottoposta al supplizio della corda e dice ad Agostino Tassi, fissandolo: Leggiamo le lettere che scriveva, chiedendo denaro, chiedendo commissioni.
Read it as historical fiction, not as a biography — if you want a biography, consult the 50 page bibliography.
Vintage- Italy alesandra pages. Thanks for telling us about the problem. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Additionally, the writing was not good. The book is not a novel as the title suggests but is indeed a historical biography of Artemisia Gentileschi and her times.
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I am not sure if the problem lies in Lapierre’s writing style of in Liz Heron’s translation, but it is depressing that lapiefre fictionalisation is argued to be necessary to draw out the Gentileschi’s existence but finishes up in so many places being so unconvincing and in some so obviously a plot device. Still, I am sorry that when Lapifrre was in the Uffizi I missed seeing some of hers that are on display there. For those who like their history on the lighter side, a novel by Susan Vreeland called The Passion of Artemisia is your alternate choice.
Having read a few lzpierre on Caravaggio I had come across the name of Artemisia but knew very little of her other than that she had been raped by another artist and later went on to become quite famous herself. As for the laymen, this book is a artemiaia of facts, with some interesting information about the life of an artist certainly female!
Alexandra Lapierre provides the reader with comprehensive notes and references to show the reader why she has decided to use certain narrative or placed a particular slant on her perspective of some events.
Raped by his partner Agostino Tassi at seventeen, the Gentileschi name was dragged through scandal for Artemisia refused, even when tortured, to deny that she had been raped.
Lapierre brings the historical Artemisia Gentileschi to vivid life, capturing the sights, sounds, and smells of Baroque Italy as well as the life of this remarkable woman.
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 Artemisia’s deflowering. The Baroque is not my favorite period in painting, nor do these gruesome topics appeal to me – but can one wonder at them, given the artist having been taken to public executions as a young child?
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.
A few of the reviews
Her works have been widely translated and she has received numerous awards, including the Honorary Award of the Association of American University Women. Artemisia Alexandra Lapierre No preview available – Grove Press- Fiction – pages. And, she said, her studies at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and the Artemisja of Southern California taught her how to tell a story, “something we have forgotten a bit in French literature today. I’m still not c I have read some but.
Want to Read saving…. 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.
LaPierre is heavy on the history revealing the life of Artemisia and also that of Baroque Italy, art, the artist lifestyle, etc. 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 Open Preview See a Problem? I had to force myself to get through this book– never a good thing.
The reader was fabulous, using expressiveness and well pronounced Italian to bring the story to life. The author has carried out extensive research on her subject and has used the results of this research to help fill the gaps in the story of this famous artist. 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 Artemisia’s deflowe The century after alexanera Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior.
Art historians have always had an almost romantic attachment to Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the few female post-Renaissance painters to achieve fame during her own lifetime.
I will credit the author for definitely not making this a “perky modern girl in period costume” read – from the beginning – when Orazio Artemosia takes his six-year-old daughter Artemisia to the very foot of a scaffold and holds her up atemisia get a good view of a young girl being beheaded – we are absolutely not anywhere near the 20th Century.
Well researched political and religious history interwoven with the day to day life of international artists competing for lucrative commissions and social status.