Set amid the twisting streets and sunlit piazzas of medieval Italy, the Towers of Tuscany tells the story of a woman who dares to follow her own path in the all-male domain of the painter's workshop. Sofia Barducci is born into a world where a woman is only as good as the man who cares for her, but she still claims the right to make her own mistakes. Her first mistake is convincing her father to let her marry Giorgio Carelli, a wealthy saffron merchant in San Gimignano, the Tuscan city of towers. Trained in secret by her father to create the beautifully-crafted panels and altarpieces acclaimed today as masterpieces of late medieval art, Sofia's desire for freedom from her father's workshop leads her to betray her passion and sink into a life of loveless drudgery with a husband who comes to despise her when she does not produce a son. In an attack motivated by vendetta, Sofia's father is crushed by his own fresco, compelling Sofia to act or risk the death of her soul. The choice she makes takes her on a journey from misery to the heights of passion-both as a painter and as a woman. Sofia escapes to Siena where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her. The Towers of Tuscany unites a strong heroine with meticulously researched settings and compelling characters drawn from the rich tapestry of medieval Italy during one of Europe's most turbulent centuries. The stylishly written plot is packed with enough twists and turns to keep readers up long past their bedtimes....
|Title||:||The Towers of Tuscany|
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|Number of Pages||:||388 pages|
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The Towers of Tuscany Reviews
This is a brilliant piece of literature by Ms Cram, who uses the voice of the artist to tell the "life-risking" tale of Sofia the painter who painted as Sandro, Barducci, and Manzenni.
Never could Sofia paint openly, because not only she, but others would be put in jail. In 1300's Italy, this is just the way the laws work.
The story is one of the success of the creative spirit. I would recommend this book highly!
This novel caught my interest almost immediately and I could hardly put the novel down. The characters as well as the plot was believable and historically accurate. I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting the book was.
The Towers of Tuscany is an excellent example of historical fiction at its finest. The story takes place in 14th century San Gimignano, Italy. Sofia is the heroine. Her father is a painter, but from a young age, she showed greater talent. But in medieval Italy, women were forbidden to paint. Her father takes credit for her work and sells them to the wealthiest citizens. As the story progresses, there are flashbacks into Sofia's past to the lessons she learned from her father. These words of wisd ...more
I enjoyed the details of the artistic process and of historic San Gimignano, but this book was effectively ruined for me by a repugnant main character. Sofia is arrogant and selfish, something that I was willing to overlook in the early parts of the book when she is a young girl - but she never grows up or learns. She doesn't care who gets hurt, or who she puts in danger as long as she gets what she wants. (view spoiler)[For example, Francesco - who very wisely tells her she needs to be careful ...more
A fun read! Reading about the painting techniques was absolutely fascinating, and the lives of these characters were compelling. A perfect weekend read.
It's been two weeks since I finished Towers of Tuscany and I still can't get this entrancing novel off my mind. Carol Cram transports the reader to a living, breathing fourteenth-century San Gimignano, reaching into all of the senses. The protagonist, Sophia, is a passionate artist who risks everything to pursue her art in a world where women are forbidden to pick up a brush. This captivating story is flush with fascinating characters and it builds with exciting, unexpected twists. I couldn't pu ...more
Романът на Каръл Крам още от първите страници ни отвежда в Средновековна Италия, в ателието на Антонио Бардучи, един от учениците на Джото. Всъщност, книгата е по-скоро за дъщерята на Бардучи и за нейната тайна страст да рисува. Тайна е, защото по онова време на жените не е било разрешено да извършват дейности, присъщи само за мъжете. София не престава за мисли за своето увлечение към рисуването въпреки превратностите на съдбата и трудностите, които тя среща по своя път отначало като необичана с ...more