The Birth Of Venus
by Sarah Dunant
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Alessandra was not quite fifteen years old when her prosperous merchant father brought a young painter back with him from Holland to adorn the walls of the new family chapel.She is fascinated by her talent and the envy of her abilities and possibilities of painting to the glory of God.Soon, his love of art and his lively neighborhood of independence are luring him into a closer involvement with all kinds of taboos the areas of lifeOn excursions into the streets of the night of Florence, she observes a terrible evil of criminal harassment of the city and witnesses the rise of the burning young priest, Savanarola, who decided to rid the city of vice, wealth, just as art itselfAlessandra must make crucial decisions about the form of her adult life, as Florence herself must choose between the old ways of the luxury lover Medici and the asceticism of SavanorolaAnd through it all, he is the painter whose love will change everything
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