Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous father brings a young painter back from Holland to adorn the new family chapel. Fascinated by his ability she is lured into closer involvement. On the streets of Florence she observes a terrible evil stalking the city and a fiery priest, who has set out to rid the city of vice, even art itself.
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Descriptive but frustrating
Botticelli's painting is on the cover, it's called the Birth of Venus, and yet Botticelli barely makes a cameo. Instead, we get to hear about a later Renaissance painter, known for his broody Christianity, but his entire narrative is completely historically inaccurate. Like, every detail. It wasn't historic fiction so much as fiction in an alternate universe that resembles Renaissance Florence.
- Nichole DeMichelis