Blood Water Paint

Blood Water Paint

Book - 2018
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In Renaissance Italy, Artemisia Gentileschi endures the subjugation of women that allows her father to take credit for her extraordinary paintings, rape and the ensuing trial, and torture, buoyed by her deceased mother's stories of strong women of the Bible.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735232112
Branch Call Number: y MCCULLOUG 2018
Characteristics: 289, [292] pages ; 22cm


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lsmithsug Oct 06, 2018

This is the first verse novel I've ever read, and reading this specific narrative in verse format proved a powerful experience. Sprinkled throughout the novel are stories of other strong women that intertwine with Artemisia Gentileschi's to create a powerhouse feminist novel that leaves the reader both empowered and haunted. Everything a novel should be.

kelcy1517 Jul 17, 2018

I loved that this book was in verse, it really helped you get inside Artemisia Gentileschi's head. This book is kind of intense at points since it deals with rape as a subject, but it's a powerful story of standing up and speaking out. I just wish it had pictures of her paintings...

DPLaprilteenservices Jul 10, 2018

McCullough uses a powerful combination of poetry and prose to share the stories of historical women finding their voices (and swords.) It is both angering and empowering to see the unchanging treatment of women, and their subsequent discovery of personal agency, through today's #metoo lens.

cmlibrary_vbright Apr 20, 2018

Artemisia Gentileschi is a painter, passionate, dedicated, and... trapped. Apprenticed to her father, who signs his name to her work, she dreams of finding freedom and an audience in the art world, fantastic dreams for a woman in the Rome of the 1600s. When Agostino Tassi, a local artist, is hired by Artemisia's father to give her further lessons, her hopes for success and love suddenly seem to be within her grasp. That all changes when Tassi rapes her. Unable to bring charges herself, Artemisia must rely on her father to pursue justice, enduring a months-long trial in which she is treated as her father's damaged property. Throughout her ordeals, she draws strength from memories of her mother's stories, stories about Susanna and Judith, strong women who were frequently the subject of the historical Artemisia's paintings. Told in evocative verse paired with prose, Artemisia's tale of survival and her passion for her art are entrancing and will leave readers curious to learn more about this Baroque artist beyond the trials of her youth.

OPLJessG Dec 28, 2017

A tremendous story written in verse and based on truth, the reader will recognize their own voice alongside the other women reclaiming their power from the men who took what they wanted. This is the #MeToo movement reaching into the past to show us that nothing has truly changed. Evocative, heartbreaking, and empowering - BLOOD WATER PAINT fiercely stands beside other knockouts like SPEAK, ASKING FOR IT, and ALL THE RAGE.


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