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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In my opinion of course – the review quotes – words like “masterpiece” are used – make it obvious I’m in the minority. Lapierre definitely presents things in a dramatic light, but to her credit, her protagonist was clearly living in a sensational time.

Jan 18, Sequana rated alexadnra it was amazing. Her works have been widely translated and she has received numerous awards, including the Honorary Award of the Association of American University Women. Sadly it is not always a novel – clearly the author’s imagination reverts to primary source analysis and the text drops from narrative to recount.

No eBook available Amazon. But at the age of seventeen Artemisia was raped by her father’s best friend and partner. A Novel Alexandra Lapierre No preview available – Christel Mouchard is the author of many works about women explorers in her native French. Leggendo La passione di Artemisia, romanzo sulla vita della pittrice Artemisia Gentileschi, vagavo ogni tanto sul web alla ricerca di immagini delle sue opere, soprattutto di quelle descritte nel libro che stavo leggendo.

Mar 02, Michelle Arostegui rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 20, Sandie rated it liked it Shelves: See 1 question about Artemisia….

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

Other editions – View all Artemisia: Che si dipinge nuda e bellissima come Allegoria dell’Inclinazione nella lapierrre di Michelangelo mentre la Vreeland aveva immaginato che avesse utilizzato una modella, togliendo tantissimo impatto alla vicenda. Tragic account of a brilliant artist struggling with life and consequences. Artemisia ultimately succeeds against the petty jealousies of her own father and husband, and she moves on to be independent of both of them.


The novel feels very much alive and is a true page-turner during which the reader begs to know what happens even those familiar with the events.

All of Rome was riveted by the trial. It was hard to tell if this was a novel or a biography.

Di come abbia raccontato, in tribunale, del suo stupro, con termini estremamente crudi e precisi. Lists with This Book. Looking at Artemisia’s paintings in the book and in some images online they are very rich, lush, and I think her women’s faces are quite remarkable.

Having read a few books on Caravaggio I had come across the name of Artemisia but knew very little of her other than that she had been raped by another artist and later went on to become quite famous herself. Dec 10, Lappierre rated it it was amazing.

A few of the reviews

Still, I am sorry that when I was in the Uffizi I missed seeing some of hers that are on display there. Liz Heron Goodreads Author Translator. Which was incredibly frustrating for this reader: Ann Brady Absolutely based on fact.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’m still not convinced she did not do us a disservice by having a tryst and then dishonoring her family arrtemisia as well as tainting the court system with lies.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. To be send laoierre Chrissie in Belgium. LaPierre is heavy on the history revealing the life of Artemisia and also that of Baroque Italy, art, the artist lifestyle, etc. Trained as an artist by her famous father, Orazio Gentileschi, she was a woman with 21st century ideas and ideals forced to deal with being born in the 17th century. E’, insomma, un libro che vale davvero la pena di essere letto.


HF fans, history lovers, art enthusiasts, devotees of Baroque Italy and the Medicis, artists, and of course: Historias de mujeres, historias del arte Patricia Mayayo No preview available – The author has used her skills as a novelist to fill gaps in the story of Artemisia but only with the greatest sense of historical correctness.

Artemisia by Alexandra Lapierre

Some of her paintings can be find at: Overall, I would recommend this f I enjoyed this book very much, but found at times that it awkwardly shifted between aoexandra more scholarly tone of a biography with the narrative of pure fiction. Artemisia’s personal and professional life is based on the court case interviews of her well documented rape and torture to prove her innocence in Italy.

Artemisia won the case, but lost the love of her father and of all of Rome. 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.

This book by Alexandra Lapierre on the life of the female artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, is a fascinating study of the world of art and Europe during the seventeenth Century.

May 17, Monica rated it liked it. Her stunning works took Rome alexamdra storm, overturning the prejudices of her time and winning the admiration of patrons, courtesans, and monarchs.