Botticelli's Bastard

Botticelli's Bastard

by Stephen Maitland-Lewis


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Art restorer Giovanni Fabrizzi is haunted by an unsigned renaissance portrait. Obsessed to learn the truth of its origin, he becomes increasingly convinced the painting could be the work of one of history's greatest artists, which if true, would catapult its value to the stratosphere. But in learning of the painting's past, he is faced with a dilemma. He believes the portrait was stolen during the greatest art heist in history -- the Nazi plunder of European artwork. If true and a surviving relative of the painting's rightful owner were still alive, Giovanni, in all good conscience, would have to give up the potential masterpiece. His obsession with the portrait puts a strain on his new marriage, and his son thinks his father has lost his mind for believing an unremarkable, unsigned painting could be worth anyone's attention. Regardless, Giovanni persists in his quest of discovery and exposes far more truth than he ever wanted to know.

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ISBN-13: 9780999380260
Publisher: Ridge Literary Inc
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Botticelli's Bastard 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
This my first in this kind of book dealing with art and history. It a good book and interesting. It deals with Germany and take over of Europe in the 1940's. I liked the idea of the painting talking and telling detail about his owners. That what is been so neat about it. I love the fact that Giovanni started with a discovery of stolen art. Giovanni has some family problems that it so funny in a way that he find a discovery to lift his spirit. The author was good and i enjoyed the book. I rate this book at 4 1/2 stars. Those the painting stories about himself is so funny that you want to laugh. It makes you want to find out more of they mystery of the painting. If you want you can enter the giveaway try and win a copy.
SusieH5 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this. Giovanni Fabrizzi is a renowned art restoration expert, still grieving the death of his beloved first wife, while neglecting his beautiful second wife.  Through his eyes we learn about art restoration and some of the difficulties of proving provenance of a painting, including researching to find the rightful owners of paintings seized by Nazis.   This was a fascinating look at the art world, as well as family dynamics and shameful wartime atrocities. I received a free copy in return for an honest review. An excellent read, and I will look out for this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I requested and received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review which I am happy to provide. This is a wonderful book that somehow is not at all what I expected and much, much better on all counts.  I thought I was going to read a book about a man who finds a painting and then struggles to convince everyone of its authenticity as a work by Botticelli. While that sounded interesting enough, this is a far better book.  Using magical realism and historical fiction, the author weaves together centuries of conflict and conquest, familial bonds stretched and broken, the heartbreak associated with deeply felt losses through death and destruction and ultimately, the possibilities of redemption and reconciliation.  This is a beautiful book with many mysteries that are well solved by the end.  And readers will have a new appreciation for the age-old question, 'does that picture speak to you?'  Highly recommend.