The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence
A Story of Botticelli
St. Martin's Griffin
On Sale: April 25, 2017
Featuring: Simonetta Cattaneo; Marco Vespucci; Sandro Botticelli
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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.
Alyssa Palombo’s The Most Beautiful Woman in
Florence vividly captures the dangerous allure of the
artist and muse bond with candor and unforgettable passion.
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