D J Myers offers us his latest book in the form of vivid imagery, as though he had painted it on canvas. The story begins in the 20th Century, within the Italian city of Florence, with a group of backpackers recounting the history of the certain artists that lived during the time of the Renaissance. From there, he creates pure escapism with his prose, making you believe you had just stepped back in time, carrying you further back to the 15th Century, to the time of the Medicini, and Sandro Botticelli, the Italian painter of mythological and religious paintings (1444-1510). With his dreamlike description, we are invited to witness the "golden age" and Boticelli's unrequited love for the beautiful Simonetta Vespucci - a married noblewoman who assisted as his model for 'The Birth of Venus.'
Boticelli was so obsessed by Simonetta that she occured time and time again in his paintings, despite the fact she had died many years before (1476). The artist postulated from the time of her death that he should be buried at her feet in the Church of Ognissanti, in Florence as he felt she posessed divinity through her sheer beauty.
At the time of the artists death in 1510, the author's story is concluded in a way that makes you wish it had a happier ending, so emotional was the painters life.
A well executed story, historically detailed and described exquisitely, almost colourful to the extent that one will never look at 'The Birth of Venus' in the same light again without shedding a tear for Boticelli...
Birth of Venus (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/8/27
- 出版社 : Createspace Independent Pub (2015/8/27)
- 発売日 : 2015/8/27
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 270ページ
- ISBN-10 : 1515119408
- ISBN-13 : 978-1515119401
- 寸法 : 12.7 x 1.73 x 20.32 cm