Set in the sixteenth-century, The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola tells the story of a woman’s passion for painting and adventure. In a world where women painters had little to no acknowledgment, she was singled out by Michelangelo and Vasari who recognized and praised her talent. Gaining the Milanese elite’s acclaim, she went on to become court painter to Spanish King Philip II and taught his queen to paint. One can’t live such an extraordinary life without having stories to tell, and tell them Sofonisba does to Sir Anthony Van Dyke, who comes to visit her toward the end of her life. During their meeting, she agrees to reveal her secrets but first challenges the younger painter to find the one lie hidden in her tale. In a saga filled with intrigue, jealousy, buried treasure, unrequited love, espionage, and murder, Sofonisba’s story is played out against the backdrop of Italy, Spain, and Sicily. Throughout her life, she encounters talented artists, authoritative dukes, mad princes, religious kings, spying queens, vivacious viscounts, and dashing sea captains—even a Barbary pirate. But of all the people who fell in love with Sofonisba, only one captured her heart. The painter may have many secrets but the truth of her life is crystal clear from the beginning. Always a strong, passionate woman with a dream, she was an intelligent artist who knew her self-worth and in the end, as Michelangelo had done for her, Sofonisba passed her brush to a new generation.
The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola is another sensational book written by the exceptional and talented author Melissa Muldoon and wow what a stellar and moving story! The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola is a brilliant book and I admit I had high hopes considering I have loved three previous novels by Muldoon titled Eternally Artemisia, Dreaming Sophia, and Waking Isabella! So I was excited to read The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola and now that I have finished it I can happily say that this book does not disappoint!
The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola is a beautiful and captivating historical read that takes its readers on a dreamy journey across Europe. The reader in The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola will be thrust back to the sixteenth century and it is here that the reader will meet Sofonisba Anguissola, a painter. In the sixteenth century, woman painters received hardly any recognition for their work in such a male-dominated time but Sofonisba was one of the lucky ones as she was picked out by Michelangelo and Vasari who recognized what a talent she has. This then leads to Sofonisba becoming a court painter for the Spanish King Philip II. The reader in The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola will learn all of this and more, Sofonisba lived a brilliant and crazy life and she shares all her exploits in The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola!
The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola is a compelling and wonderful story thanks to the enthralling moments as well as the unpredictable nature of the book that will have the readers turning the pages with haste from beginning to end. I love books that take the readers on a journey and the reader has just this in The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola. The journey the reader is taken on is continuously evolving and changing which in turn kept me hooked from beginning to end! So if you are looking for a beautiful adventure full of many twists and turns that take you through a host of emotions then The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola is for you!
The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola is a remarkable, fascinating, and addictive read that managed to entertain me for many hours on end thanks to the premise of the story as well as the excellent literature courtesy of Melissa Muldoon. Melissa Muldoon is an incredibly talented author who clearly knows how to write captivating stories! It was evident to me from the start that Muldoon is a passionate writer, I felt this with her other books too and she surely loves entertaining readers with her literature and putting a smile on readers’ faces!
Overall The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola is a marvelous, stellar, and supreme book that will entertain, delight readers from start to finish and so I, of course, have to award this book five stars! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers, you won’t regret it!
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