The Miracles of Prato: A Novel
"Like Fra Filippo's paintings, this love story, set in one of the most intriguing historical periods, is suffused with clear, warm color and fine attention to detail."
-Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad
A vibrant and enthralling historical novel about art and passion, The Miracles of Prato by Laurie Albanese and Laura Morowitz brings Italy in the era of the Med...more
It's a fabulous blend of historical fact and modern fiction that chronicles a few years in the lives of the painter/monk Fra Fillipo and Lucrezia, a novitiate at the Santa Margherita Conven...more
Lippi and Buti are historic persons, as are many of the characters who pepper the pages of this novel -- from nuns to nobility. The authors present a world in which the church controls the...more
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 wo...more
The Miracles of Prato opens with a birthing that is followed quickly by the baby's removal from his mother's side. From that heart-wrenching scene, we go back to the beginning of the story of two unlikely lovers--a Carmelite monk and a novitiate.
It is 1456. Fra Filippo Lippi is a Carmelite monk known for h...more
With the sudden passing of her father, Lucrezia has been sent to the Convent Santa Margherita. She is trying to adjust to her new life. It isn’t easy. She wants to obey.
Fra Filippo Lippi is a monk but besides that, he has a very great talent as a famed painter. He is acting Chaplain for the convent. Fra is pretty rough around the edges. It is while at the convent that he meets the lovely and beautiful, Lucrezia. She becomes Fra’s muse. She has inspired him to create some of hi...more
Perfectly captured by authors Albanese and Morowitz (an art historian) are the struggles of the times:...more
In this historical romance novel we are transported to 15th century Italy where we are privy to a “behind the scenes look” at the authors’ vision of the forbidden love between a monk/artist Fra Filippo Lippi and his inspirational muse, a nun named Lucrezia Buti.
Fra Lippi becomes captivated by the beautiful Lucrezia and uses her visage as his inspiration in creating the many magnificent Madonna’s he produces for the de’ Medici family and the Catholic Church. Lippi approaches his religious art fr...more
This is the love story of a painter and his muse. After losing her father and her future, Lucrezia and her sister Spinetta take refuge at an Italian convent. Lucrezia soon begins a passionate and unlikely involvement with the convent chaplain, a painter with a quest...more
As historical novels go, this is one of the best I've read. Not only does the book seem to be thoroughly researched, it also captures the mentality of the times. The treatment of women, the role of the Catholic church, and the infighting among I...more
It was a love story/historical fiction but not a romance novel....I loved reading about the artwork that the painter was doing. (Now I have some research to do)
There seemed to be a need for lots of personal gain & recognition & because of this & some other deceit, innocent people were hurt....
"The prose takes on an artistic flair as the words, feeling, and thoughts flow across the pages and blend together in a near perfect harmony. The Miracles of Prato captures the reader from the prologue and has the reader hooked by the time the Buti sisters Spinetta and Lucrezia arrive at the Convent Santa Margherita upon the death of their father. The story is told in stunning and rich detail, the characters are finely cra...more