O Nascimento de Vénus
Alessandra Cecchi tem quase quinze anos quando o pai, um próspero mercador de tecidos, contrata um jovem pintor para pintar um fresco na capela do palazzo da família. Alessandra é uma filha da Renascença, tem uma mente precoce e um temperamento artístico… e rapi ...more
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This is an absolutely amazing book. The author has done a lot of research and it shows in her writing. This is a historical fiction. The imagery is wonderful and you really get wrapped up in the lives of the Character. Now that I have been studying Mythology I would like to ...more
On completion: If you want to read a book about art during the Italian Renaissence read The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographi ...more
Sarah Dunant, the British bestselling novelist, has penned a delectable and extremely tempting historical fiction, The Birth of Venus that is set against the backdrop of the Renaissance Florence and that which revolves around a young 14 year old girl who is not beautiful or skilled like her elder sister, yet her talent and eye for art and mind for translating languages is extraordinary but with the changing times, she ...more
As a historical novel, it also covers some interesting territory. ...more
If you choose to read it, skip the Prologue. It gives away the last quarter of the book. (I found this very frustrating.)
The middle of the book is fine. It's basic historical romance stuff with interesting, smart characters.
The end of this book sucks. The main character, and her best friend, make decisions which are both odd and unbelievable.
Perhaps you should skip the prologue, read the middle, then when you get to the last few chapters, instead of reading them, ski ...more
Language. I don't know how they spoke in the 1490s, but some of the language seemed very current. Some of the slang used to describe various body parts and b ...more
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Dunant writes so beautifully & I was enthralled by Alessandra's story with it's complex familial & matrimonial relationships. I feel in a platonic way that (view spoiler)[ Cristoforo ca ...more
After convincing myself I was an adult and it was ok to continue (I still have alot of my mother' ...more
If you like historical fiction, it does have a fairly interesting depiction of Renaissance Florence going for it--and I did learn some things along the way, like I usually do with good historial fiction. However, without giving too much away, the ending and the character development greatly disappoi ...more
First let me start by saying I'm surprised at how much I liked this book, yes even though I only gave it 2.5 stars. The Medieval era and the Renaissance are two of my least favorites times in history, and this book is rooted in the Renaissance. My main issue with the Renaissance is the overwhelming presence of religion in everything (art, daily life, literature, etc.). Of course I understand the importance of that time period and everything produced it in. However I'll spare you ...more
O Nascimento de Vénus transporta, com subtileza, o leitor para a época renascentista, para o momento exacto em que a bela Florença unia a arte à religião como se o todo de ambos fosse a única forma de honrar devidamente o Senhor.
Através de uma abastada, conservadora e, ainda assim, modesta família conhecemos Alessandra. Uma protagonista que da sua meninice à maturidade deslumbra pela sua inteligência brilha ...more
From there the story vaults to the beginning - to when this mysterious nun was a 14 year old Florentine named Alessandra. Alessandra is presented as the youngest daughter of a rich cloth merchant. She is clever, ...more
The book's prologue is truly one of the best openings to a story that I've ever read. After that, I found myself "slowed down," by the references to artists and artwork - sadly a testame ...more
Florença estava a virar-se contra si mesma, ...more
Antes de mais, gostaria de começar com um agradecimento a Elphaba, pois foi graças a um passatempo no seu blog que tive a oportunidade de ler este livro de que gostei bastante e que já o andava a "namorar" há algum tempo assim sendo: Muito Obrigada!
É sempre (ou quase sempre) muito agradável estrearmo-nos em obras cujos autores que ainda não tivemos oportunidade de ler ou que ainda não conhecíamos e este foi um desses casos. Fui surpreendida por uma história muito interessante cuja ação se desenr...more
I really enjoy historical fiction and have never read a book about Florence or this era. So I decided to give this ago. I mostly did enjoy this book and I liked the main character Alessendra. I felt for her in many parts of this book. I liked the story line, and the books plot moved in a good way.
What I didn't really enjoy about this book was everything about the art. Art really was a main topic in the book, and it did help with the story. At times I just got really bored reading all th ...more
I found The Birth of Venus, dubbed by the NYT critic, "the girl with the snake tattoo" quite fascinating as it takes you into the Florence of the Medici and of Girolamo Savonarola, on the steps of a fourteen year old girl, with a gift for painting. The book is well documented and there are so many interesting insights into Florentine life in the 15th century, art, and the life of women at that ...more
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