Birth of Venus (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/8/27
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A flower does not choose its colour; its beauty is the desire of others... An ancient picture frame and a forgotten parchment lead two generations of one family into the world of Renaissance Florence. Both artefacts pose the same questions; were Sandro Botticelli and Simonetta Vespucci lovers? Do the women in his paintings, including The Birth of Venus, really depict the young Florentine beauty? Can any man love one woman so intensely and for so long?
The story goes back to the 19th century when the lost or hidden works of Botticelli are discovered by an English curator in Florence. Hidden inside the back of an old settee, is Venus and Mars painted by Botticelli. The curator, Alexander Barker, is also intrigued by a parchment he finds inside. A love poem written by Botticelli for a period beauty, Simonetta?
The story of Sandro Botticelli and Simonetta Vespucci takes us back to the Middle Ages, Florence and the House of Medici. Botticelli works for the House of Medici and it's love at first sight when he lays his artist's eyes on Simonetta. Infatuated by her beauty, he paints her from memory. Simonetta becomes his muse for the many paintings he completes, depicting her as his Venus.
The medieval atmosphere of Florence unfolds in the background with vivid imagery as DJ Meyers takes us to the top of the Duomo overlooking the city, the Medici palace, the market and various parts of the town through cobblestone streets. Cinematographic visual descriptions combined with kaleidoscopic images of Botticelli's paintings transport us to the world of the famous Renaissance artist and his passion for art.
Through three time frames, we look at Botticelli's work and his life as the passionate artist paints his muse and forbidden lover, and Simonetta becomes the reason for his existence.
The unrequited love of the artist, his dreams and inspirations come to life with gentle poetic prose and skilful story-telling, making this work a thoroughly enjoyable read.