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

 


 
Erin over at Flashlight Commentary is the one that came up with the cover crush idea and I loved it so much that I decided that every Thursday would I post a cover that I really love. 

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I didn't know what to pick this week, so I decided to browse Edelweiss for a beautiful cover and my eyes caught this cover. Personally, I love it when two images manage to blend in a beautiful way that makes it look like a work of art. And, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, with Simonetta Cattaneo and the city of Florence manage that perfectly! 
 

A compelling historical novel of artist Sandro Botticelli and Simonetta Vespucci, his beautiful but married muse for “The Birth of Venus.”

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.

 
 
 
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