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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A few of the reviews

Great book, even if the rape episode took so long. Vintage- Italy – pages.

I read this book as an audio book and it captured my interest from the first few moments. Baroque Italy at its best and worst.

As for the laymen, this book is a succession of facts, with some interesting information about the life of an artist certainly female! Nice integration of court documents, insight into cultural mores.

On discovering Tassi’s betrayal, Orazio took the case to court and there followed, ineight months of humiliation for Artemisia as the inhabitants of Rome’s colourful artist’s quarter came to give evidence. Lapoerre, she went further: This book told the story of not only Artemisia and her art but also her father, Orazio Gentileschi, and showed how lapiere This book by Alexandra Lapierre on the life of the female agtemisia, Artemisia Gentileschi, is a fascinating study of the world of art and Europe during the seventeenth Century.

Artemisia sought revenge through her art, portraying women liberating their fellow citizens from tyrants. I did spend some minutes wondering exactly how to describe the writing – maybe a doctoral dissertation chopped up and interspersed with some very occasional dialogue and an omniscient author explaining the characters feelings?


Artemisia won the case, but lost the love of her father and of all of Rome. 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 precious thing in his life.

May 27, Sara rated it liked it. It was unreadable mainly because the names in the book are so freakin’ long! 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 supported by wealthy patrons but used as spies in the ongoing battle for power between the Pope and the Hapsburgs. Leggiamo di una donna tradita, delusa, amareggiata.

Makes you wonder how many great artists have been lost to history because they alexandar women. O anche solo consultato per l’imponente opera di ricerca e la ricca bibliografia che contiene. Ann Brady Absolutely based on fact. Alexandra Lapierre lives in Paris. 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.

Not that I would know how a doctoral dissertation reads, but this sure does not read like a novel. View all 3 comments. Jan 01, Sheen rated it liked it.

Artemisia: The Story of a Battle for Greatness – Alexandra Lapierre – Google Books

This is one of my favorites, though it has been several years and my memory of the details is not as sharp as I would like. Artemisia sought revenge through her art, portraying women liberating their fellow citizens lapierrf tyrants. The Story of a Battle for Greatness.


But her fame was tarnished by scandal. But at the age of seventeen Artemisia was raped by her father’s best friend and partner. I loved this book but found it really harrowing in parts which shows the skill of the author I suppose though I can’t say I enjoyed those sections.

The prose is beautifully constructed; this is a sensuous and evocative read. Other editions – View all Artemisia: Published September 21st by Grove Press first published In secondo luogo, per tutti col Era tanto che non mi capitava di leggere un romanzo storico come questo e ne sono davvero, davvero, davvero felice.

Reading a paragraph is exhausting. Open Preview See a Problem? Quickly, Artemisia masters and may have surpassed her father, much to his extreme jealously.

I trudged through about pages of this with absolutely no enjoyment whatsoever. 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.

Furthermore, the settings are also well-described but not overdone and do not overwhelm. At first I thought this book was too trashy for me to enjoy properly, but then I realized how deeply the author had researched her subject.