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Girl Reading by Katie  Ward
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Jun 02, 2012

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Read from June 02 to 15, 2012 — I own a copy

The book is divided into stories set throughout history from 1333 to 2060. I did enjoy this book; the writing is very good and you get lots of stories in one book, so in some ways it's better than a novel, but because I was expecting it to be a novel I was a little disappointed that the stories didn't link back together or have any coherent chain. If I'd started it thinking, "this is a book of short stories" I don't think I would have had that feeling of disappointment, so it's not a criticism of the book but of the marketing and publication.

Chapter 1's focus is the painting of The Annunciation by Simone Martini. I didn't know about this painting previously, and once I'd finished the chapter I did some research; it was not how I had imagined it would look, but after watching this video I had a new appreciation for it: http://vimeo.com/32404988
(You can see the olives, the lilies and the "Book of Hours" - the detail is incredible!)

Chapter 2's painter is Pieter Janssens Elinga and the artwork is Woman Reading, 1668

Chapter 3: the painter Angelica Kauffmann and her painting 'Portrait of a Lady' (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/k...)


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