The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli by Alyssa Palombo

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Read The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli Online Free - A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle.

Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence―most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici―become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus.

Title : The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli
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ISBN : 125007150X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Alyssa rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2016

This is my second novel, about real-life historical figure Simonetta Vespucci and how she inspired the artist Sandro Botticelli. I can't wait for everyone to read it! :)

Erin rated it ★★★★☆

April 14, 2017

Book hits stores on 25/04/17! Reading this book was as enjoyable as sipping an Italian wine while admiring art. Gosh, I just loved this story and all the characters. It makes me wish that I could just hope on a plane and head for Florence this minute! Alyssa Palombo is a new author to me, but he...

Carolyn rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2017

Brilliant is about all I can say about this new novel, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence expertly written by Alyssa Palombo. Set in 15th Century Italy we learn all about Simonetta Castaneo, the most beautiful woman in Florence, her life and tribulations, loves and losses and her life with her h...

Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it ★★★★☆

July 17, 2017

The gorgeous cover of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORANCE caught my eyes a couple of months ago and the book's description about the muse of Botticelli who inspired him to paint The Birth of Venus sounded very intriguing. I love reading historical fiction about real people and I was very happy w...

Zoe rated it ★★★★☆

April 17, 2017

This is an intriguing interpretation about the life of Simonetta Cattaneo, a young, intelligent girl who became known as the "Most Beautiful Woman of Florence" and who developed a close, intimate relationship with the famous Renaissance painter, Sandro Botticelli. It is a story about familial resp...

Bethany rated it ★★★★★

July 03, 2017

I cannot express how much Alyssa Palombo's books mean to me. The Violinist of Venice will always be my absolute favourite book ever written, but The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence is right up there with it. I am embarrassed at how long it took me to read this, but it is just because it is so go...

The Lit Bitch rated it ★★★★☆

April 27, 2017

Last year I had the pleasure of being introduced to Alyssa Palombo’s debut novel, The Violinist of Venice, a love story about Antonio Vivaldi. I love how Palombo takes relatively well known and passionate artists (musicians and painters) and crafts a historical fiction novel. People like Antonio V...

Crystal rated it ★★★★★

February 18, 2017

I have always loved the works of Botticelli, and have seen the famous painting of the Birth of Venus in the Uffizi. I was not prepared, however, for the way that Alyssa yanked me into her story and kept me there, so smitten was I that I stayed up far too late in the night to find out what happene...

Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) rated it ★★★★★

March 15, 2017

That was fantastic. So much atmosphere in the city of Florence and so much emotion from Simonetta's tragic story. Lovelovelooooove how this author interpreted the known parts of her history with invention & how she tied Boticelli to Simonetta. This was so good it made me immediately go buy th...

Jenny rated it ★★★★☆

April 27, 2017

3.5 Stars. Simonetta Cattaneo is a beautiful young woman, raised in Genoa with a sheltered childhood, allowed to learn the basics of reading and writing, but not allowed to further her education beyond that, though she yearns to study the great masters of literature and art. So when a handsome yo...

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