Susan Vreeland is an author who knows what I like. She takes art, strong female characters and history, and combines them to make novels that engage and entertain. In The Passion of Artemesia, Vreeland focuses on the life of Artemesia Gentileschi, a female Italian painter during the post-Renaissance era. She was one of the few artists who managed to achieve fame while she was still living. Her story is very moving, and she was faced with so many obstacles, it is a wonder she managed to perform her craft, much less excel at it.
As a bonus, the description of Florence during Artemesia’s time was especially appealing to me, due to my own trips to that beautiful city and it’s incredible history. I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or has an interest in art history.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2002