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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001


    Alxandra Lapiere knows how to write a biography that catches your intrest, and never lets it go. You feel Artemisia's love, pain, courage, and other vibrant emotions. By no standards a 'ordinary' biography, you absorb the words, like a sponge does water. Lapier takes you back to the 1600's, and gives you the words directly from Artemisia, Orazio, and Agostino from the trial of Artemisia rape. This in my oppion completes the story gives it its final touch, of perfection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Not worth the work of reading

    Neither fish nor fowl. "Artemisia" is not inventive enough to be good historical fiction, but its cardboard characters don't make for good biography. Over-written, repititious. On the positive side, it is eye-opening about the position of women, artists, and women artists in 17th Century Rome and Florence. A tough slog for little reward.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2003

    A reviewer

    Alexandra Lapierre gives a thorough account of one of the most talented female artists to have ever lived. Vivid with history, romance, betrayal, and revenge this is a novel that will leave you wondering what it would have been like to live in a world where one woman broke free from tradition and dared to engage in a genre solely populated by men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    Same Book Different Author?

    I Read the book 'Passion of Artemisia'by author Susan Vreeland and fell in love with it! Recently I saw the book 'Artemisia' at the book store by the author Alexandra Lapierre! It was the same book. How can that be? Anyone have an explanation?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    Outstanding Read

    I loved every minute of this book. I couldn't put it down. I felt like I grew to know Artemisia and I shared her story each day with my friends. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    History, Novel, or Hybrid, Very Well Done

    When the Authoress learns Latin and Italian as by-products of her research, the result should be special, and in the case of Artemisia, the result is very special. I don¿t understand how this could have been marketed anywhere as a Biography, Ms. Lapierre is very clear prior to the start of her work, and in over 60 pages of some of the best notes I have ever read, that she made the decision to tell this as a story, not pure History. A Biography whether authorized or not, is always subject to editorial, selective use of research materials, or in the case of some writers who should write for tabloids, deliberate distortions, selective use of facts, or not understanding the difference between fact and fiction. When the notes are read, Ms. Lapierre appears to have been so diligent as to facts, sources, and suppositions; it is tempting to think of this as a Historical work. The Protagonist is an amazing study. A Genius in art who was officially affirmed as such during a time when Women were never considered as much more than property. A courageous woman, who tempted a range of horrors by demanding the corrupt legal system deliver her justice. Here was a woman who challenged the Catholic Church, and some of its more unsavory historical despots, again to demand that the truth be known and the culprits punished. That she persisted is amazing, that she prevailed to the degree she did, astonishing. This work brought to mind another strong, unconventional woman of influence, who was brought to readers in book form under the title ¿Georgiana¿. I would suggest that anyone who enjoyed the latter will find ¿Artemisia¿ a very engaging read. None of this would have been possible without the work of Ms. Lapierre. It would be better said, her extraordinary work, as this is the book to read on Artemisia Gentileschi, if you choose only one. This work is readable without condescension; it is scholarly without being dense and pompous until rendered unreadable. The book is simply wonderful. You need only to enjoy good writing to enjoy this book. If you are familiar with other artists of the period, more detail will be there for you, and Galileo makes an appearance as well. Extremely good, deserves much more attention than the work has garnered thus far.

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