It''s 1559. A young woman painter is given the honor of
traveling to Michelangelo''s Roman workshop to learn from the
Maestro himself. Only men are allowed to draw the naked figure, so
she can merely observe from afar the lush works of art that
Michelangelo sculpts and paints from life. Sheltered and yet gifted
with extraordinary talent, she yearns to capture all that life and
beauty in her own art. But after a scandal involving one of
Michelangelo''s students, she flees Rome and fears she has doomed
herself and her family.
The Creation of Eve is a riveting novel based on the true
but little- known story of Sofonisba Anguissola, the first renowned
female artist of the Renaissance. After Sofi''s flight from Rome,
her family eagerly accepts an invitation from fearsome King Felipe
II of Spain for her to become lady-in-waiting and painting
instructor to his young bride. The Spanish court is a nest of
intrigue and gossip, where a whiff of impropriety can bring ruin.
Hopelessly bound by the rules and restrictions of her position,
Sofi yearns only to paint. And yet the young Queen needs Sofi''s
help in other matters- inexperiences as she is, the Queen not only
fails to catch the King''s eye, but she fails to give him an heir,
both of which are crimes that could result in her banishment. Sofi
guides her in how best to win the heart of the King, but the Queen
is too young, and too romantic, to be satisfied. Soon, Sofi becomes
embroiled in a love triangle involving the Queen, the King, and the
King''s illegitimate half brother, Don Juan. And if the crime of
displeasing the King is banishment, the crime of cuckolding him
must surely be death.
Combining art, drama, and history from the Golden Age of Spain,
The Creation of Eve is an expansive, original, and
addictively entertaining novel that asks the question: Can you ever
truly know another person''s heart?