Published: 2009, Harper Paperbacks
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Synopsis from TLC:
Italy, 1456. The Renaissance is in glorious bloom. A Carmelite monk, the great artist Fra Filippo Lippi acts as chaplain to the nuns of the Convent Santa Margherita. It is here that he encounters the greatest temptation of his life, beautiful Lucrezia Buti, who has been driven to holy orders more by poverty than piety. In Lucrezia’s flawless face Lippi sees the inspiration for countless Madonnas and he brings the young woman to his studio to serve as his model. But as painter and muse are united in an exhilarating whirl of artistic discovery, a passionate love develops, one that threatens to destroy them both even as it fuels some of Lippi’s greatest work.
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres of all time and little did I know when I agreed to read this book for TLC that I would also become a fan of the Renaissance period too! This collaboration between Albanese and Morowitz worked beautifully. They captured my attention and imagination from the very beginning line. I was absolutely enthralled with this story as I felt that the characters came to life before my very eyes. My heart always aches when I read stories where the women's lives are under the control of the men in their family. Lucrezia and her sister Spinetta became very real to me and so did their pain. I became very involved in artist Filippo Lippi's life. I understood why he was willing to beg, borrow, and steal in order to paint. The best part of this whole book is that the story is based upon actual people. I love it when authors take a period of time that I know next to nothing about, and create a story that reels me in and leaves me wanting to learn more! This one is sure to be a hit with readers of historical fiction that feature famous artists!!
Filippo Lippi- Virgin/child/2 angels
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About Laurie Albanese and Laura MorowitzLaurie Albanese is the author of the novel Lynelle by the Sea and the memoir Blue Suburbia, which was named a Book Sense Best Book of the Year and was an Entertainment Weekly Editor’s Choice selection.
Laura Morowitz is a professor of art history and coauthor of Consuming the Past: The Medieval Revival in Fin-de-Siècle France. They both live in New Jersey with their families.
Read the co-author Q&A here.