The Passion of Artemisia

  • by Susan Vreeland
  • Narrated by Gigi Bermingham
  • 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At age 18, Artemisia Gentileschi finds herself humiliated in papal court for publicly accusing her painting teacher of rape. When even her father does not stand up for her, she realizes that her reputation in Rome is ruined, and she begs to have a marriage arranged for her. Her husband takes her to Florence, where their life together offers the promise of love and family. Artemisia's painting talent blossoms and she becomes the first woman elected to the Accademia dell' Arte. But marriage clashes with her newfound fame, and she begins a lifelong search to reconcile painting and motherhood, passion and genius.Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa, and Naples, peopled with historical characters and filled with the details of the life of a 17th-century painter, The Passion of Artemisia is the story of Gentileschi's struggle to find love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art.


What the Critics Say

"The Passion of Artemisia offers a vivid portrait of a complex female artist who doggedly pursues her passion despite seemingly overwhelming obstacles." (Booklist)
"Vreeland's remarkable ability...makes this novel an accomplished work of art." (San Francisco Chronicle)


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I was expecting a serious biography of Artemisia, but this book is a lightweight romance.
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- Kay "Kay"

Listen to the sample first

My rating is for this as an audiobook. I can't make any judgment about the work itself, because I couldn't listen past the first couple of hours. The narration is way over the top. Admittedly it begins with a rape trial, but the narrator doesn't let up, even in the tranquil setting of a nunnery every other word is emphasized. If you enjoyed The Girl in Hyacinth Blue, I'd suggest that you listen to the sample first and decide whether you could stand 9 hours of it. If not, buy the print version.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2003
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books