The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • by Dominic Smith
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is what we long for: the profound pleasure of being swept into vivid new worlds, worlds peopled by characters so intriguing and real that we can't shake them, even long after the story's told.
In this extraordinary audiobook, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Australian writer Dominic Smith brilliantly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated Australian art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.
In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted to the Guild of St. Luke in Holland as a master painter, the first woman to be so honoured. 300 years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the Manhattan bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner.
An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibition of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive.
As the three threads intersect with increasing and exquisite suspense, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerises while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present.

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Wonderful storytelling

I loved this tale of female artists, forgery, art history and moral dilemmas. The story moves between different time periods and continents and concerns, as its central focus, a painting by a celebrated female painter of the Dutch Golden Age. The painting is to feature in a major art exhibition and the curator of that exhibition is aware of a secret surrounding the canvas, a secret that could destroy her career and destroy more than one life.
Fantastic storytelling, beautifully written and very sympathetic narration.
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- bookylady

An Intriguing story spoiled by inept narration

I wish I had read the novel, rather than listening to this narrator try to imitate Australian and English accents. The English accent was simply a poor stereotype, but the Australian was laughably inept. It slid randomly between South African and Irish(?). This was a major problem, since one of the main characters was Australian and some of the novel was set in Australia. It spoiled the novel for me. Read the book instead, I would suggest.
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- Laurie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2016
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd