By Laurie Albanese, Laura Morowitz
Italy, 1456. The Renaissance is in excellent bloom, an age of unbridled creativity, trade, paintings, and innovation. essentially the most colourful males of this spectacular time is Fra Filippo Lippi, both respected as a painter and reviled as a rogue. a superb artist, he serves Cosimo de' Medici and the Catholic Church, developing masterpieces in get together of God and His glory. A Carmelite monk, he acts as chaplain to the nuns of the Convent Santa Margherita—and it really is right here, in the back of the cloister partitions, that he encounters the best temptation of his existence. Penniless and gorgeous, younger Lucrezia Buti has been pushed to Santa Margherita extra by means of poverty than piety. Mesmerized by means of Lucrezia's faultless gains, Lippi sees in her face the muse for numerous Madonnas. With the aid of his strong buddies and an unscrupulous prioress, he attracts upon favors that might result in risky outcomes, and brings the younger girl to his studio to function his version. Painter and muse are quickly united in a thrilling whirl of creative discovery. As weeks and months move, a passionate love develops among the irascible artist and the younger nun, leading to a scandalous romance that threatens to wreck them whilst it fuels a few of Lippi's maximum paintings. Their affair sparks anger, envy, and vengeance . . . and it'll take a miracle of timeless religion, unsurpassed attractiveness, and unfathomable like to shop all that Lippi and Lucrezia cherish. a beautiful novel that brings jointly actual and imagined characters from Italy's wealthy historical past, The Miracles of Prato is a relocating and unforgettable story of hope and devotion, either sensual and religious, set in a unprecedented time and position while good looks, religion, and artwork have been celebrated especially.
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He looked to the floor, and saw the tip of a clean boot. The young woman’s voice broke, but not before Fra Filippo recognized Lucrezia’s voice. ” Lucrezia struggled to keep her words steady. “First, my father died. ” “Go on,” he said. He wanted to pull aside the curtain and look into the face that filled his studio, the eyes that looked out at him from the vellum, the sad smile that now graced the panel of his Madonna and Child. ” Lucrezia paused. ” Fra Filippo had heard many novitiates lament their internment, and it always brought him back to his own reluctant initiation into the Order: the surrender of all property, the vow of celibacy, the constant vigilance against temptation.
T h e m i r ac l e s o f p r ato 23 “Here at Santa Margherita we have the honor of providing herbs to a master painter for his pigments,” she said. ” Lucrezia felt a faint stir of pleasure. ” “Yes, my child. Fra Filippo Lippi is here with us, working on a series of frescoes in la pieve,” said Sister Pureza. ” Sister Pureza gave a small laugh at Lucrezia’s confused expression. “Fra Filippo is a painter as well as a monk, in a most benevolent bestowing of gifts by Our Father,” said the old woman.
Chapter Five Monday of the Tenth Week After Pentecost, the Year of Our Lord 1456 Fra Filippo Lippi sat beneath the window in his bottega and studied the nearly finished Madonna and Child for Ottavio de’ Valenti. The likeness was breathtaking. He knew he should disguise the resemblance to Sister Lucrezia, but the Virgin’s expression was flawless, her features exquisite. Even her high brow, as suited a woman of great intelligence, couldn’t be altered, for this would change the face that illuminated all the Virgin knew, and all she understood.
The Miracles of Prato: A Novel by Laurie Albanese, Laura Morowitz