Birth of Venus


You know how much I love historical fiction, and this had a good premise, but I wish it kind of went somewhere more. It’s Florence in the 1400s, and the main character is an artists but bound by the roles of women, etc. So she jumps at the chance to marry, because it will get her out of her parent’s home. Turns out her brother kind of tricks her into marrying his lover, so that he won’t be pinpointed as a sodomist. Finally, she has a weird relationship with a painter that her father hired to paint frescoes in her house, who thinks he is possessed by the devil. She has his kid and they reunite when she becomes a nun. He tatoos a snake on her absomen before he leaves then she kills herself. Sounds kind of cool, but not really.


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