The Passion of Artemisia

by Susan Vreeland

Recently rediscovered by art historians, and one of the few female post-Renaissance painters to achieve fame during her own era, Artemisia Gentileschi led a remarkably “modern”life.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.86 out of 5
  • Published January 2003 by Penguin Books
  • Original Title: The Passion of Artemisia
  • ISBN: 0142001821 (ISBN13: 9780142001820)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Galileo Galilei
  • Artemisia Gentileschi
  • Cosimo II de' Medici
  • Literary Awards: San Diego Theodor S. Geisel Award (2003)

Recently rediscovered by art historians, and one of the few female post-Renaissance painters to achieve fame during her own era, Artemisia Gentileschi led a remarkably “modern” life. Susan Vreeland tells Artemisia’s captivating story, beginning with her public humiliation in a rape trial at the age of eighteen, and continuing through her father’s betrayal, her marriage of convenience, motherhood, and growing fame as an artist. Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, Genoa, and Naples, inhabited by historical characters such as Galileo and Cosimo de’ Medici II, and filled with rich details about life as a seventeenth-century painter, Vreeland creates an inspiring story about one woman’s lifelong struggle to reconcile career and family, passion and genius.