The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetian Artisans, #1)

The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetian Artisans, #1)

by Laura Morelli

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The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetian Artisans, #1) by Laura Morelli

Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you’d better decide quickly.

Venice, 1510. Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she’s ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter.

When the painter’s servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. She is forced to buy the servants’ silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria resorts to more desperate measures. She questions whether her heart’s desire is worth risking her family, her trade, and her future, but Maria’s sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague arrives on her father’s doorstep before she is able to get back home.

From the author of the award-winning The Gondola Maker comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, a heroine with a lust for life, and love against all odds.  

Book One of the Venetian Artisans series

Buy The Painter’s Apprentice today to transport yourself to the vibrant and dangerous world of 16th-century Venice.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154904046
Publisher: The Scriptorium
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Series: Venetian Artisans , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 366,772
File size: 4 MB

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The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetian Artisans, #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
candy-b More than 1 year ago
Venice, 1500's, revolves around the painting and gilder's guild. Maria Bartolini works for her father and has since she was young. Her cousin, t Paolo is his Journeyman and Cristiano is the battiloro. He beats the gold into thin sheets. Maria and Cristiano fall in love. She ends up losing so much during the plague. This is a complicated story, with a lot of twists and turns. The descriptions are lush and rich to help picture yourself in the tale. The characters are so well rounded. The way Maria hunts for her family, every clue she tries to follow up. The author has taken all these threads and put them together, into a well written, even paced and cohesive book. I loved, after the birth of her son, she lays with him for six days and just loves him more each day. It was beautiful. I was so intrigued I could not put it down, it seemed like there was always something happening. I received this ARC free and voluntarily reviewed it.
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
The Painter's Apprentice by Laura Morelli is the story of a young woman, a gilder, in 16th Century Venice. Maria Bartoloni has been apprenticed, despite the fact she is female, because she has skills that will benefit her anticipated husband, painter, Paulo Grisonni. Her father has chosen this time after discovering that she and an employee at his studio have become enamored of one another. She is in the home of Master Trevisan and his wife and family. She receives no wages, just room and board and experience. It is a time in history when gilding is losing its popularity to multi-colored painting. Maria is more than a servant, less than an equal. It is difficult for her. She misses her family and she misses her lover. Just when a routine has been worked out, Maria's home is quarantined by the plague and she is completely cut off from these she loves. To compound matters, Master's wife is pregnant and suspicious of Maria's beauty and the times she spends with Master Trevisan. Maria gradually becomes aware of the fact that she, too, is with child. The quarantine presents serious problems for her, which are compounded when she discovers the household has been transported to the island where plague-sufferers are taken to die. She somehow manages to hid her pregnancy until she goes into labor and is taken to a convent that specializes in taking care of orphans. I really like this book. It is a traditional historical fiction. I like the first person narrative and the fact that dialogue is sparse. I think it serves to show how repressed the society was at this time and what daily life was like. It also served to give a glimpse into the art world of the time. Morelli has done a good job of embedding the reader in 16th Century Venice, totally transporting the reader to another place and time and firmly places them in someone else's shoes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb story line combining historical fiction with factual information about the Bubonic Plague of the early 1500's. The author's knowledge of art history is evident in her detail and explanation of guild craftsmanship, both in the areas of painting and gilding work of the time period. The story is compelling and informative and reveals the plight of young women of thetimeperiod as it relates to values,mores,expectations and beliefs about the role and place of women in the 1500's as well as the uniqueness of a woman in the role of gilder.
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
Laura Morelli's The Painter's Apprentice is a real treat for lovers of historical fiction and Renaissance art. It has drama, star-crossed lovers, and the beauty of art set in the midst of the terrible time in history when the black plague ravaged Europe. I was swept away to medieval Venice into the life of Maria Bartolini, the trained daughter of a gilding master, who is sent away to train as an apprentice to a painter. As the story unravels, we get to understand the real reason Maria was sent away. She is in love with what society deems the wrong person and has all odds against her that she will ever see him again. The pages flew by as I became more and more immersed into Maria's life. She was caught in several difficult situations and the conflict built suspense in this dramatic unfolding of a young woman living at a time in history where little choice was given to women but to marry well and have children. I felt Maria's vulnerability keenly, but I also felt her inner strength and determination to seek and pursue what and who she loved in life. It is evident that Morelli's art history background makes this novel rich with the descriptive details of Renaissance artwork, especially that of gilding with gold leaf and its processes in the production of beautiful artwork still present in many of the Churches today. I found this aspect of the novel fascinating as it was weaved into the tale of Maria's life. The Italian expressions used in the novel were correct (I cannot tell you how many times I come across wrong Italian words or verb tenses in books set in Italy) and added authenticity to the setting. I loved this novel and consider it one of the best books I've read this year. From the book cover to the title and everything in between, The Painter's Apprentice is a fine piece of literature. If you love historical fiction and Renaissance Italy, you will want to add this book to your reading list. It's a gem. Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy. I was not told how to rate or review this novel. All opinions are my own.
BettyTaylor More than 1 year ago
Venice has always held a special allure for me with its alleyways, canals, islands, gondolas. They all beckoned me to explore further. So a new book by Laura Morelli, set in Venice, promises an escape to this historic land. Set in 1510 we are taken into the world of artists and the “gilders’ guild”. The gilders’ guild is a society dedicated to the practice and preservation of the art of using gold and metal leaf. I had no idea this technique was such a specialty. But darkness – in the form of the Black Death - has swept over the city of Venice. Plague outbreaks in the 16th century were reported to be even far deadlier than those at the end of the 15th century. Our protagonist, Maria Bartolini, has worked for her father her entire life and has fallen in love with Cristiano who also works for her father. She dreams of running her father’s business, happily married to Cristiano. But her father has other plans – he says for her own good. He sends her away to be an apprentice to a famous painter, Master Trevisan. For a while, she manages to sneak away occasionally for a few moments of stolen bliss with her lover. However the plague is making it more and more difficult and the streets are being closed in an attempt to curb the spread of the plague. Her dreams of returning to Cristiano and her family business are slipping through her fingers. Soon Trevisan’s servants discover the true reason that Maria’s father sent her away, leaving Maria having to make a very difficult decision. She must do whatever it takes to maintain her family’s reputation. While the trials and tribulations of Maria’s life held my interest, I was especially enraptured with the chapters where she worked alongside the painter Master Trevisan. I loved reading of how his pigments were prepared and how Maria’s talent enhanced his art. Morelli’s descriptions of the city and the lives of the character seemed to envelop me into the story. I was there alongside Maria through her joys, her heartbreaks, her grief. I ached for her as she made some near impossible choices, choices no one should have to make. This is one of those few books that I will read again – at another time when I can shut out the world and make Maria’s world my world.