I Am Rembrandt's Daughter
With her mother dead of the plague and her brother newly married, Cornelia van Rijn finds herself without a friend or confidante—except her difficult father. Out of favor with Amsterdam’s elite, the once revered Rembrandt van Rijn is now teetering on the brink of madness. Cornelia alone must care for him, though she is haunted by secrets and scandal of her own. Her only
I fell in love with this book just as assuredly as I fell in love with the last book I read by Lynn Cullen (Mrs. Poe.) I believe this book was marketed as a y ...more
I would not necessarily recommend this book to everyone because i ...more
But when a man of esteem, Carel, takes an interest in her, she begins to think maybe she can escape her impoverished home, just like her brother, Titus did with the beautiful, bitchy Magdalena(can you tell I hate her? A lot?)
When the her father's apprentice, serious Neel, begins to notice her, she brushes him off- why would she want to be further as ...more
Written from the perspective of Cornelia, the illegitimate daughter of Rembrandt van Rijn, this excellent depiction of Rembrandt in his later years is a haunting tale of a man, once at the height of fame, who has lost his sanity, his standing in society and is bankrupt.
Difficult to put down, I found this book fascinatingly filled with wonderful tidbits of accurate facts and marvelous portrayals of real life characters that seem to ...more
A dream quickly squelched by her father’s careless attitude toward tradition, his failure to bow to the demands of Amsterdam society, and his complete disdain . . . for her. A disdain Cornelia cannot understand.
But then the boy, Carel, returns to he ...more
I also liked reading the parts when they talked about what it takes to make paintings, about how important the light is and about brush strokes and the other things. Because I am not a painter and did not know much about painting i ...more
I loved reading about Rembrandt and his family, but the love triangle was so incredibly exasperating and the made up parts were too frustrating for me to really enjoy.
It's a nice story but sometimes it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. The author has introduced some fictional characters, like Carel Bruyningh to give the story a romantic angle. Other characters are historical, like Nicolaes Bruyningh and Cornelis Suythof, who really was an apprentice of Rembrandt. As far as I know there is no evidence supporting that Cornelia wasn't Rembrandt's daughter.
Some of the painti ...more
There are two plots intertwine by difference of a few years. In the first one, Cornelia is a seven year old girl with her mom still living. In the second, she is coming of age when girls start thinking about marriage, her mom is gone, and her half-brother is getting married. In both stories, the famous painter is already struggling, ...more
About the hook, I was really surprised on how dull it was and how I kind of felt underwhelmed by the main character, Cornelia. For some reason, I can't shake my thinking that she was this slatternly and gauche ignorant girl. True, she knows art and ...more
Cornelia van Rijn is Rembrant's daughter. Her father is a great painter, yet he stubbornly refuses to paint in the popular style and both he and Cornelia must suffer for it. Now that Cornelia's brother is getting married and ...more
There are two story lines going on, in between the first and last chapter which take place after Rembrandt's death. You can easily recognize which story line is which as one is in italics and one is in roman. We get to know Cornelia as a kid, and the story is told by using Rembrandt's paintings, both from that period and earlier. In the other story line we get to know Cornelia as a young te ...more
I began reading this book back in the early part of the year 2012.... then got sidetracked and here it is in August and I finally picked it up again and finished it in two days.
Lynn Cullen is a decent writer. The writing is perhaps a little basic. Though her use of Dutch was interesting and enjoyable.
Cornelia was a selfish and just not a very strong character. In the sense that I was expecting a good change of heart in her. And her heart did change but it just was ...more
I have to be honest, I bought this book to read based on how much I loved Mrs. Poe. I did not love this book as much. It seemed to be drier. But not dull. I applaud the author for being able to write this b ...more
Ms. Cullen does an immense amount of research in all her novels, and this one is no exception. Historical fiction is a favorite. of mine for that reason, but Me. Cullen's novels differ from most in that she actually bases her novels on real characters and possibilities (hence, the "fiction").
You feel transported to the Dutch Republic in the 17th century in this novel. It is written in the first person by Rembrandt's daughter, C ...more
There are some mature themes (children born out of wedloc ...more
The book was interesting, perhaps a good read aloud, but the hairy parts would definitely cause embarrassment on the reader's part, at least in my case lol.
This story is based in the true time, and with somewhat true characters of the period of the Plague, and in the time of the artist Rembrandt.
I like how I came away from this book with ...more
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