The author has made the widow of this tale a young noblewoman, Simonetta, forced into straightened circumstances after her husband's premature death in battle. The latter in particular are said to be particularly fine and equal in skill to that of his master. A year of planning, ten riders, three circuits of the piazza - and all over in a single moment. I loved Bernardino from the outset as he is very irreverent and basically cares little about how he is perceived. As the sittings progress, artist and model fall in love, and Simonetta reciprocates Luini's genius by creating a work of art of her own. However, I never felt that the characters were particularly well drawn, and I was not able to connect on any level with them.
But it's not a new life she finds; instead she finds the life she was meant to live. The Madonna of the Almonds tells the story of seventeen year-old Simonetta di Saronno, who loses her husband in battle and is left destitute due to his mismanagement of their estate. In the early 1500s a church in Saronno commissioned frescoes from one of Leonardo Da Vinci's students - Bernardino Luini. The author drew me into the mystery of the past as we get to know Corradino and care about his life. With no money in the coffers, she will be forced to borrow money from a Jew, but in Manodorato, she finds a friend who persuades her to try to make some money rather than borrow.
The story was interesting enough to hold my attention, but I did guess the twist very early on. It is a good read and may make you want to visit Venice even more. As the sittings progress, artist and model fall in love, and Simonetta reciprocates Luini's genius by creating a drinnk for her lover from the juice of almonds - the famous Amaretto di Saronno. By looking at the historical mistakes, it seems like not much research went into writing this book, either. Relaxing, informative, and fun to read! She is a history graduate of Oxford University and the University of Venice. For fans of Philippa Gregory, Sarah Dunant and Alison Weir.
In the colourful world of fifteenth-century Italy, Luciana Vetra is young and beautiful, a part-time model. I was not able to like or relate the one dimensional, superficial and self-absorbed characters or two simplistic and parallel story lines, one taking place in the seventeen century and the other one in the twenty-first century. She reluctantly agrees to pose for the painter, a known philanderer and unbeliever, but he falls in love with his muse and she begins to have feelings too - but she's still meant to be in mourning. I very much enjoyed this story and the visions that were conjured of Venetian life, past and present. I started thinking about things associated with Scotland, and inevitably thistles came to mind which then led to Wild Thistle. Bernardino Luini, favoured apprentice of Leonardo da Vinci, is commissioned to paint a religious fresco in the hills of Lombardy.
The series of books by Ms. His eye is caught by the beautiful Simonetta di Saronno, a young noblewoman who has lost her husband to battle, and whose fortune is gone. Simonetta di Saronna is a widow, her husband killed in the Italian wars of the early 16th century. Luini needed a model for the Madonna and a young widowed innkeeper posed for him - and became his lover. I was delighted to meet Marina earlier in the year as I had so enjoyed her debut novel, The Glassblower of Murano, which I had blogged about before I met her. The author has made the widow of this tale a young noblewoman, Simonetta, forced into straightened circumstances after her husband's premature death in battle. I loved The Glassblower of Murano, so I had high hopes for Madonna of the Almonds.
Yet renaissance art is a powerful redeemer; and having escaped to an abbey in Milan, Luini starts to paint frescoes of the Saints - martyrs all, and finds himself and what he must do in their agonies. When Bernardino arrives in Saronno, he is immediately captivated by Simonetta and realises she is the woman he has been destined to paint all his life, but his reputation as a womaniser precedes him. Annie Stride has nothing left to live for - she is a penniless prostitute, newly evicted from her home and pregnant. Her first novel had Venice as a co-star; here, art fulfills that role admirably. As the frescoes and the liqueur near their completion, the couple's affair distils into a heady brew of religious scandal which threatens their love, and ultimately their lives.
Bernadino is a painter who once apprenticed under Leonardo Da Vinci, and a ladies' man to boot. Historical and powerful families like the Sforzas, the Medicis and others are introduced with historical accuracy and not just speculation. Although this was something that I was aware of, it is portrayed very strongly in this book, and for me, this was far more effective than the romantic aspect. A stolen kiss leads to their denouncement in front of the visiting Cardinal and Bernardino has to flee. And how does a mute young soldier affect Simonetta's destiny? Initially I thought I was going to struggle with it, but I did start to enjoy it. Mit ihren Bestsellern 'Die Glasbläserin von Murano' und 'Das Geheimnis des Frühlings' begeisterte sie die Leser auch in Deutschland. Those stories bring home the fact of how closely we are connected to the people who came before us, and how their actions in the past still influence our lives in the present.
The Glassblower of Murano is one such book that lets us travel back in time with the young protagonist Leonora Manin. Before long, the couple are fighting their mutual attraction but an innocent kiss is misinterpreted and Bernardino is forced to flee. The only irony though is that although we strongly associate Amaretto with almonds, the current liqueur is 'Nut-free'! At the same time, she encounters the talented Bernadino, the prote? Luini needed a model for the Madonna and a young widowed innkeeper posed for him - and became his lover. For fans of Philippa Gregory, Sarah Dunant and Alison Weir. The bestselling first historical love story set in Venice, from Marina Fiorato.
Bernardino Luini, favourite apprentice of Leonardo da Vinci, is commissioned to paint a religious fresco in the hills of Lombardy. The young man has no memory of who he is or his past life, so he is content to stay with Amaria who he eventually marries. Great book for the flight to the most fabulous city in the world. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. I have now read four of Marina Fiorato's books on interesting and strong women placed in Italy in specific time periods. Those of us who are knowledgeable of Italian and European history will also appreciate the research that is done for each of her novels. Implinirea a nouasprezece ani ii aduce sfarsitul sperantelor.
For fans of Philippa Gregory, Sarah Dunant and Alison Weir. Irish beauty Kit Kavanagh has everything she could want in life. Intrigue, murder, suspense - all of it kept me reading. She was born in Manchester and raised in the Yorkshire Dales. I was not sure what to make of this book.