May Book Club Selection
Nourish your artist soul in our discussion of where great ideas come from; whether artists are born, or made, as well as, how the life and discoveries of famous visual artists can inform our own creative explorations. These questions are the underlying themes for our monthly Cr8V Soul Virtual Artist Book Club. Please join Lark Keeler and me along with friends known and new on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm for our next meeting.
Tickets are donation only and available on Eventbrite at this link:
The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and da Vinci's Italy
An exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it from Nazi destruction during World War II.
These two women, separated by 500 years, are swept up in the tide of history while the painting stands at the center of their quests for their own destinies. Mystery, loss, suspense, love, passion, good vs evil, scheming, adventure, heroism, and triumph ensue. All of these human emotions are intertwined perfectly with the magnificence of art, art history, and preservation.
Synopsis: Leonardo da Vinci is summoned in 1489 from Florence to Milan to paint a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, the young mistress of the Duke of Milan. Cecilia’s story is the focus of one narrative and in another time frame during WWII, we are introduced to Edith Becker, an art conservator in Munich in 1939 whose life is upended when she is ordered by the Nazis to go to occupied Poland and assist the Nazis with “preserving works of art “, their description for stealing art works from Jews , who are sent off to the concentration camps . In Normandy 1944, an American soldier, Dominic Bonelli is sent on a mission to protect those trying to save the art, (the Monuments Men). The narratives move seamlessly back and forth among the four in different places and different times. Connections between the time frames are sometimes emphasized by duplication of phrases, sentences at the end of one chapter, repeated at the beginning of another tying the characters together.
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If you get the chance there is an exhibition of art in Cincinnati of artwork rescued by the Monuments Men: