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The Birth Of Venus (Paperback). Sarah Dunant (author). Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers.

The Birth Of Venus (Paperback). Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous merchant father brings a young painter back with him from Holland to adorn the walls of the new family chapel.

The Birth of Venus: A Novel is a 2003 novel by Sarah Dunant, a bestselling British author. The story is set in the late 15th century in Florence, Italy. It was first published by Little, Brown in 2003 with the title The Birth of Venus: love and death in Florence. A young Florentine girl, Alessandra Cecchi, is drawn to a young painter commissioned to paint the family's chapel walls

The Birth of Venus is a tour de force. Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire.

The Birth of Venus is a tour de force. Dunant has created a vivid and compellingly believable picture of Renaissance Florence: the squalor and brutality; the confidence and vitality; the political machinations. Theology has rarely looked so sexy.

The Birth of Venus (Italian: Nascita di Venere ) is a painting by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, probably made in the mid 1480s. It depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown (called Venus Anadyomene and often depicted in art). The painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

February 2004 : USA Audio Cassette

February 2004 : USA Audio Cassette.

Painted in 1486, The Birth of Venus has been the subject of endless intellectual speculation and interpretations of meaning. The painting depicts a voluptuous nude female standing gracefully upon a large seashell which appears to emerge onto shore from the ocean

Painted in 1486, The Birth of Venus has been the subject of endless intellectual speculation and interpretations of meaning. The painting depicts a voluptuous nude female standing gracefully upon a large seashell which appears to emerge onto shore from the ocean. To her left is a male angel floating in the air and clutching a woman in a tight embrace.

Botticelli The Birth of Venus is one of the most famous paintings of all time. One that never ceases to capture our imaginations. Here we take a closer look at this masterpiece and some of the fascinating stories that surround it. Botticelli painted. Botticelli painted the Birth of Venus between 1484-85. It was commissioned by a member of the Florentine Medici family, most likely Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco who was a distant cousin of Lorenzo the Magnificent. He also commissioned the artist to illustrate Dante’s Divine Comedy and Allegory of Spring.

The Birth of Venus has attracted a number of other explanations from a variety of scholars, historians and related experts. The painting was inspired by a Homeric hymn published in Florence in 1488 by the Greek writer Demetrios Chalcondyles; it was associated with Venus Anadyomene (Venus Rising from the Sea), a lost masterpiece of the artist, Apelles, mentioned by the classical historian Pliny the Elder.

Botticelli's Birth of Venus is one of the world's most famous and appreciated works of ar. In the piece, Venus emerges not from a seashell, as Botticelli has her doing, but from a portable gaming console surrounded by consumer brands such as EasyJet and Barilla.

Botticelli's Birth of Venus is one of the world's most famous and appreciated works of art. It's only natural that other artists would want to do their take on this brilliant piece. 8The Photoshopped Birth of Venus.

I read this a long time ago and then read it again and loved it just as much the second time! What really struck me was the main character's desire to create art and make color and how as a girl, she just was not given that option-so she created it herself. Also-she finds herself in several unpleasant situations, and the normal accompanying emotions, but always seems to find a way around. When things are revealed at the end, you realize what a clever story the author has crafted on the mysterious beginnings of a certain someone. Fascinating!
The talented Sarah Dunant sets this wonderful, ambitious novel in Renaissance Florence. Her heroine is the gifted, fourteen-year-old Alessandra.

Her descriptions of Florentine art and artists are first rate and seductive. Dunant lives part-time in Florence, and her love of the city is evident on every page.

I found this book a delight and think you will, too.
Sarah Dunant OWNS the Italian Renaissance novel. I've read all her books to far, and can't wait for the next one. Her eye for detail is excellent. Her story lines are believable. Her characters feel right. She knows her history. I'm always sucked in by the first few pages and read like a demon from then onward. I gave The Birth of Venus to both my children recently. I have also bought Sacred Hearts for them. The only problem with Dunant's works is that there aren't enough of them. Great stuff.
This is why I like historical fiction. It is enlightening, maddening, frustrating and makes me grateful to be living today. A superior talent in a woman is not only discouraged but denied. Alessandra had to be a strong determined woman to realize her potential as an artist. Sarah Durant paints a vivid picture of life and times in renaissance Florence including an insight into the art world at the time. Readers who enjoy a good story wrapped up in real history will enjoy this book.
This novel is an enchanting read. We experience Florence in the days following the death of one of the Medici through the eyes and mind of Alessandra Cecchi, a young woman of a well-to-do family, whose intellectual leanings make her an oddity in her household. The coming-of-age story is enriched by the detailed background of Florence.

The best aspects of this book are:

- The connections between the characters. Some of Alessandra's conversations with her mother, her sister, her husband and her slave Erila, are moving - sometimes light, sometimes profound. You feel love spill out of them. I confess I returned to a number of the later conversations and read them over and over.

- The attitude toward that religious firebrand, the hellfire preaching monk Savonarola. Although Alessandra's life is affected by the city's reaction to this monk, we also sense her interest in other aspects of life, and her ambivalence towards his preaching. It's nice to see that her reaction was neither black nor white but more complex.

- The texture of the description: the richness of the colors, the dyes, the cathedral, the clothing, the carving, the pigments that Alessandra mixes herself - these are all enhanced by Alessandra's passion for art.

- The point of view of the intelligent young woman, with the awkwardness associated dancing, menstruation and looking for a husband, encountering many of life's situations for the first time.

The worst aspects of this book are:

- There may be problems with some of the historical part of this historical fiction. For example:

Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo overlapped, but Leonardo was older than Michelangelo and very well known. A passage in the novel implies the reverse.

Also, if the most of the novel's action occurs in 1492 or shortly thereafter, it's hard to see how there could be dyes from the West Indies. Columbus did not return from his initial voyage until 1493.

So, readers may want to check other information against other sources before using the novel as a basis for facts.

- Most of the frame story, although interesting and entertaining, feels retrofitted to the rest of the book. Although a connection is drawn for us, that connection seems strained, and the older Alessandra (as well as the older painter) seem to be completely different characters, whose motives and actions bear little resemblance to the characters of the earlier days. However, the story which takes place earlier is vibrant and passionate.
Sometimes, if you're in the right frame of mind and the author is very good, you can become deeply involved with a character in a book and he or she can become a friend that you may never forget. I feel this way about Alessandra, the main protagonist of this well written and realistic book.

The book is set in the late 1400s through the early 1500s in Florence, Italy, in a time that religious zealots, not necessarily authorized by the Pope, are cleaning up the impure sinners of the time, and even burning some of the beautiful artwork and overly fancy clothing and other luxuries of the wealthy.

Alessandra is a young, intelligent, talented, although not particulary beautiful, young woman who becomes attracted to a very shy painter who is brought to the city to paint religious scenes on the walls and ceilings of one of the churches in Florence. She is young, mischievous, willing to bend some rules to innocently visit the painter. But the relationship is not to be and Alessandra's parents arrange a marriage to an older man who is a close friend of her brother.

So, at the ripe old age of 16, she is married to the wrong man, in love with another, but still very desirous of living a proper religious life.

I won't give away the story, but it is poignant and touching and as I read the last few chapters of the book, I was hit by a wave of emotion and love for this character because of what she has endured in her life and the brave and sacrificing way she handles it.

This is a great book, almost five stars.
Oh, this novel is a beauty. A friend recommended it and I am grateful. The Renaissance background was just so well done, and the story itself gave me an insight into that period of history which I had never before considered. Cheers to the author for this delicious book.