Several blogging friends have included this meme on their blogs, notably Carla of Carla Loves To Read. Since I have not requested Netgalley or other publishers’ books, I have never participated. This week I ordered a book from Amazon I want to include as an addition to my TBR shelves. I have as a lifetime goal to read all of Susan Vreeland’s novels based on famous works of art, and this one arrived yesterday. Judging from the back cover, this is Vreeland’s second novel. She wrote seven in all, and the only other one I’ve read was Luncheon of the Boating Party (based on a famous painting by Renoir) which I read for our Third Tuesday Book Club. One of our members had known Susan Vreeland many years ago in California, and he recommended her as an excellent novelist. Each of us chose one of her books, each about a famous painting, to read, and a delightful discussion took place.
From the cover, I surmise that the book is based on the unique life of a female painter, Artesmisia Gentileschi, an ariist in seventeenth century Italy. Her magnificent painting, L’Inclinazione (c. 1615-1617) is shown on the inside cover page.
I can hardly wait to meet the genius (and a woman at that!) who painted this.