"Sensuous and provocative as well as mysterious, Blume's interpretation of master painter Sandro Botticelli is at once a florid love story and a chilling political drama."--Publisher's Weekly.
Botticelli's Muse is an historical novel about a love quadrangle: Botticelli's troubled life as he is forced to choose among his three loves: art, romance, and prestige.
In 1477, Botticelli is suddenly fired by his prestigious patron and friend Lorenzo de' Medici. In the villa of his irritating new patron, the artist's creative well runs dry--until the day he sees Floriana, a Jewish weaver imprisoned in his sister's convent. But events threaten to keep his unlikely muse out of reach. So begins a tale of one of the art world's most beloved paintings, La Primavera, as Sandro, a confirmed bachelor, and Floriana, a headstrong artist in her own right, enter into a turbulent relationship.
Book One: BOTTICELLI'S MUSE
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About the Author
In Dorah Blume's capable hands, Renaissance Italy comes to life in all its complexity, historical fact deftly woven into a captivating narrative. Ostensibly the tale of the creation of Sandro Botticelli's famed Primavera masterpiece, Botticelli's Muse is in equal parts a story of artistic inspiration, political intrigue, religious faith, temptation, and yes, romance.
--Sarah Cascone, Associate Editor, artnet News
Meticulously researched. You'll be transported to another time and place . . . and meet well-drawn characters. Dorah Blume has given us a masterpiece. --Claire Daniel