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The Passion of Artemisia

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I really enjoyed this book. It is very well-written. A nice read

    I really enjoyed this book. It is very well-written. A nice read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Amazing

    Susan's artful & sensitive use of language shared with me the soul of Artemesia. I loved every paragraph!

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

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    Excellent Audio Production of an Italian Female Artist in the 1600s

    Without question, Vreeland has done a lot of research, and it shows. Influenced by her father's art and the controversial Caravaggio, Artemisia's paintings bring to life with vivid talent some of the darker moments from the Bible and historical legend. Absorbing and richly described, The Passion of Artemisia is a beautiful, and sometimes gritty, insight into Baroque Italy's artists, patrons, and even religion. Artemisia's life is visually detailed by Vreeland, as descriptive and thought-provoking as Gentileschi's actual paintings. The end result is a most satisfying read, of an engaging and tangible view into life for a female artist during one of the most influential times of Italian art.

    Those who are interested in art, the process of mixing paints and applying to canvas, and how a painting is translated from the mind to the canvas, will truly enjoy this book. If you liked Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, then you will most likely enjoy The Passion of Artemisa by Susan Vreeland. I look forward to the next audio production of Susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue, also narrated by Gigi Bermingham, and also focusing on art.

    Thoughts on the Audio
    This is my first audio book that I actually enjoyed! Many of you know that I've struggled with finding a good one. Vreeland's story of this historical figure felt genuine and thorough, and the usage of the Italian language peppered throughout is wonderfully engaging and kept me enthralled. In fact, this is one of those books where I believe (based on the overall professional production of it) that I would much prefer the audio to the printed version.

    Part of my enjoyment of this audio production was Gigi Bermingham's lyrical and fluid narration. When reviewing her background, it's no surprise that she is also registered with the Screen Actors Guild and has done film and television. Effectively maneuvering through the Italian language with an ease of an Italian born in Rome, Bermingham carried the story effortlessly. There was a clear and distinct voice to each of the characters, men included, and never once did I feel distracted. Combined with musical interludes introducing chapters, this audio production was exactly what I needed to feel more comfortable with listening to books.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    Amazing

    I was forced to read this book for my summer reading list, but i fell in love with it. It's a romantical rollercoaster. If you are a big romance or history buff, i highly reccomend this book. I reccomend this book to you even if you don't like romance or history, becuase by the end of this book you will.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Beautifully written, elegantly styled

    I loved this story both for the elegant writing style and the depth of insight into an artist's thoughts. The author brought art to life through the conversations and travels of the characters. The reader stylized each character with different accents and voices.....Wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    Very well written, interesting read. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    Surprisingly good

    I actually bought this book on the bargain table because I read Girl in Hyacinth Blue and I was curious. I was amazed...it was much better than the first I read by Ms. Vreeland. It is a fantastic recreation of the time period featuring cameos by Cosimo de Medici, Galileo, and others. Ms. Vreeland writes so you feel the emotions the Artemisia feels and you can almost see the paintings as they are painted. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Susan Vreeland keeps getting better

    Susan Vreeland just keeps getting better. I felt this book was even better then Girl in Hyacinth Blue. The beginning was a bit dark, but picked up speed in a hurry and kept me reading. Only weakness in her writing is that she does not transition very well. Moving from one time or place to another. Sometimes hard to grasp what age Palmiera was, or where they were. One chapter ending and suddenly four years have passed. Hard to do using that narrative. But overall it was a very satisfying book, and one that I would recommend. Looking forward to S Vreeland's next books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    Amazing

    I was required to read this book for school, but after I started it I could not put it down. I had all summer to read it, but I finished before school was even out. That says something!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2004

    Vreeland's Artemisia: Incandescent

    Vreeland's character of Artemisia brings to life a 400 year old story, revising the myth surrounding women in art. Here is a strong woman full of passion, overcoming adversity to fulfill her basic necessity: the need to paint. Her visions were innovative, and her will unbreakable. Vreeland captures the harsh reality of the patriarchy and displays humanity at its finest and its worst. It is under this construct that Artemisia struggled, and we struggle today, with the constant purgatory of the artist versus Woolf¿s ¿angel in the house¿. This book is a worthy historical account written in the truest emotions of fiction. Brava, Susan Vreeland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2004

    Fascinating

    The idea of writeing a novel through the inspiration of a painting is a 'novel' concept. This book is a wonderful read. I would definitally recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    An Author To Discover

    Outstanding! Mrs. Vreeland knows drama and history and philosophy and life and she knows how to write. You will get well passed page 300 before you find even a word, let alone a scene or a conversation, a thought or a feeling, that you are sure cannot exist in the time of Artemesia. She is an author to discover and once discovered how can help but want to read all of her books?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003

    A trip back in time

    i enjoyed the Passion of Artemisia, I've never been very interested in art, but this book would definitely make me look a little closer at paintings...for info Vreeland's otehr books, got to www.svreeland.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003

    Believable, engrossing, and educational

    This book is a true one-of-a-kind, Vreeland narrates with a truly passionate voice. I find myself perusing the pages of her book time after time, never tiring and always gaining something new every time I return to her Rennaisance. If I could, I'd give this book three thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Well written and very enjoyable

    My book club read this and we all enjoyed it very much. I liked its focus on art, factual and informative. If I had been to Italy or spoke italian, I would have enjoyed even more. It is apparent the author knows art intimately and she has a passion to share it through her writings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    Wonderful book about an amazing artist

    I bought this book after a friend of mine told me a little bit about Artemisia. I have to admit that I am not particularly interested in art, but this book changed some of that. You don't have to be an art expert to apreciate Artemisia's work. This book reflects some of the feelings Artemisia conveys through her painting. She was a strong, independent woman and, as a woman trying to keep it all together, I can identify with some of the issues that arise out of her circumstances. I think most women today will identify with Artemisia. What makes this book so good is that it shows that some things have changed and others haven't, but at least we're making progress. Artemisia is an inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    Wow! What a beautiful story!!!

    I enjoy historical fiction and this book did not disappoint! I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed Girl in Hyacinth Blue! It was a beautiful, well-written story with vivid characters. I found myself engrossed in this book and unable to put it down! At the end of this book I was sorry that it was finished. I only wish that the author could crank out books of this quality as fast as I can read them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    A trip to Florence

    "Passion of Artemesia" takes you through the life of the painters of her time. I thought it much better written than 'Girl in Blue' though I did enjoy that book also. Closer to "Girl with a Pearl Earring" Will reccomend to my book Club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2002

    Wonderful Artistic Journey

    As the best-selling author of GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, Susan Vreeland once again stuns readers with a lyrical depiction of a woman destined to follow her artistic dreams. As an early seventeenth century artist under the tutelage of her artist father, Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia experiences tremendous humiliation as she faces her rapist in papal court. Though Agostino Tassi, a colleague of Orazio¿s, had raped Artemisia, she is forced to endure a degrading public examination to prove her accusations. With her ruined reputation, Artemisia leaves Rome to wed Pietro Stiattesi and move to Florence. <br><br> Together, Pietro and Artemisia indulge in the art of painting, but unfortunately for Pietro, it is Artemisia who gets the most recognition, first with a commission from the nephew of the famous Michelangelo, and later from Cosimo de Medici. Though Artemisia and Pietro have a daughter, Palmira, Pietro becomes resentful when Artemisia gains admission to the Accademia dell¿ Arte del Disegno before he does. <br><br> The all-encompassing descriptive prose leads the reader back into seventeenth century Italy, following Artemisia and her daughter as they journey to Genoa, Venice, and come full circle back to Rome. With the incredible artistic backdrop of the timeless treasures of these cities, the author often makes a religious connection to the magnificent works depicted there. <br><br> And for anyone who ever wanted an eyewitness view into an artist¿s soul, this novel is the perfect venue. Even a non-artist can begin to understand the depth of emotion and lifetime experiences that go into an artist¿s creativity. Most enduring though, is Artemisia¿s triumph in a time when women were treated in a most inferior manner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2002

    amzing

    A must read book about the struggles of a female artist in renaissance Italy.

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