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I must admit that going into this book I knew a little about Velazquez but he was not one of the artists I studied heavily while in college. One could not study art history without covering him so I was cognizant of the basics of his life and art. So you add my passion for art and my love of historical fiction and I was thrilled to be reading this book.
The painting of a nude during this period in Spain was dangerous due to the Inquisition and the mores of the times but a request was made and Velazquez wanted to be seen as equal to the great masters in Rome and Florence but the identity of his model has always been unknown. Ms. Mujica uses her novel to present a tantalizing possibility as to whom she might be. The book is narrated by “Venus” and she does not reveal herself until very close to the end.
I truly enjoyed the book for both its depiction of Velazquez’s rise to prominence and for the detailed history. Art in this post Renaissance time period was so very dependent on rich patrons and the politics swirling around the church and the monarchy. Art was used then to document the feelings of the people and to represent the times as well as to paint pretty pictures of the nobility. Ms. Mujica wove both the art and the history into one cohesive, delightful novel about one of the greatest artists to come from Spain.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of I Am Venus from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.