The Creation of Eve



The Creation of Eve 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

  • Hardcover
  • 392 pages
  • The Creation of Eve
  • Lynn Cullen
  • English
  • 15 April 2019
  • 0399156100

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10 thoughts on “The Creation of Eve

  1. says:

    Entertaining to read I loved reading about the Spanish court I thought the convergance of issues the protestant reformation, the inquisition, the morality of the court, the complexity of the relationship were all very interesting to read My main problem was this I know that in historical fiction liberties are taken but I took exception with the one main liberty that the author uses as the central point to the whole plot and it is in the first 20 pages of the book that Sofi th Entertaining to read I loved reading about the Spanish court I thought the convergance of issues the protestant reformation, the inquisition, the morality of the court, the complexity of the relationship were all very interesting to read My main problem was this I know that in historical fiction liberties are taken but I took exception with the one main liberty that the author uses as the central point to the whole plot and it is in the first 20 pages of the book that Sofi the artist who studied under Michaelangelo and signed all her paintings Sofi, the virgin was not a virgin.That just seemed like she was sullying the true facts of Sofi s life Dirtying her reputation at a time in history where your sexual status was the crux of your reputation If the author had any evidence at all of an improper sexual relationship then I could see including it in your historical fiction, but when no such evidence is presented well it just didn t sit well with me An equally interesting story could have been told preserving Sofi s virtue and I feel should have Think of how intriguing Anne Bolyn is for not immediately sleeping with Henry VIII If Sofi felt so proud of her virtue that she signed her paintings recognising it then how can a writer in good conscience make her out to be less than that to me it is taking historical fiction too far And so I had to ask myself, WHY and I think she did it to make the character Sofi appealto the loose morality of readers of today But it had the opposite affect on me If you are going to do historical fiction, I think you need to be true to the time period And actually value what they valued.I just felt like 21st century morality was superimposed on a 16th century time

  2. says:

    This book had plenty of elements that I should have liked a Renaissance setting, a female painter in a time when it was a rarity, the intrigues of a royal court Instead, I found myselfandfrustrated with this book.I never really warmed up to the character of Sofonisba In the beginning when she muses on the lot of women made her just a touch too self aware and too 20th century for me And then for a supposedly clever woman she just doesn t act very intelligently.Overall the plot ar This book had plenty of elements that I should have liked a Renaissance setting, a female painter in a time when it was a rarity, the intrigues of a royal court Instead, I found myselfandfrustrated with this book.I never really warmed up to the character of Sofonisba In the beginning when she muses on the lot of women made her just a touch too self aware and too 20th century for me And then for a supposedly clever woman she just doesn t act very intelligently.Overall the plot arc of this novel disappointed me Sofi is always miserable and ends miserable The Queen is miserable The King is miserable Ugh It was frustrating because there wasn t much of a story per se The author gives an afterword about the real Sofi s life and that sounds so muchinteresting that what we actually got

  3. says:

    I LOVE this book It will be published in March 2010 and I wish it was sooner so everyone could read it now What a rich world Lynn Cullen creates, and she draws you in from page one A beautifully written historical novel about Sofonisba Anguissola, a female painter in the Spanish court of Phillip II, it is truly a delight to read I wouldn t consider myself a fan of historical ficion I haven t read that much in the genre , but I think this story transcends the genre I couldn t put it down L I LOVE this book It will be published in March 2010 and I wish it was sooner so everyone could read it now What a rich world Lynn Cullen creates, and she draws you in from page one A beautifully written historical novel about Sofonisba Anguissola, a female painter in the Spanish court of Phillip II, it is truly a delight to read I wouldn t consider myself a fan of historical ficion I haven t read that much in the genre , but I think this story transcends the genre I couldn t put it down Love it

  4. says:

    Sofonisba Anguissola was one of the first great female painters of the Renaissance, and a truly fascinating woman, so I was immediately interested when I came upon this book, which tells of Sofonisba s time in the court of King Philip II of Spain However, although it s evident that Lynn Cullen has researched the people and the period extensively, her story failed to capture me I found it difficult to develop a lot of attachment to the characters, most of whom were very one note, and quickly ti Sofonisba Anguissola was one of the first great female painters of the Renaissance, and a truly fascinating woman, so I was immediately interested when I came upon this book, which tells of Sofonisba s time in the court of King Philip II of Spain However, although it s evident that Lynn Cullen has researched the people and the period extensively, her story failed to capture me I found it difficult to develop a lot of attachment to the characters, most of whom were very one note, and quickly tired of Sofi s self pitying fretting over the intentions of the secret lover she left behind in Rome For the most part, she s simply an observer, providing the reader with a window onto a royal love triangle that s ultimately not all that interesting.True, Cullen is does a decent job of drawing the reader into the intrigues of the court, with each chapter dangling new hints of unsavoury secrets, hidden scandal and forbidden love but it all ultimately became a bit soapy for my tastes, and by the novel s climax I might have grumbled an oh, for fuck s sake If you re looking for an exploration of characters, of the story of Sofonisba Anguissola, of the experience of female artists during the Renaissance I d suggest looking elsewhere

  5. says:

    This reminded me a lot of The Other Boleyn Girl, except I actually ended up liking this better High praise indeed, because I LOVED TOBG Sofi is sent to the Spanish King s court to be a lady in waiting for his new wife after a little indiscretion Sofi actually a real person was a painter of some renown she trained under Michelangelo which ended up being maybe not so great, since this was the time he was considered a heretic and also discovered to be gay There s a love story and a lot of This reminded me a lot of The Other Boleyn Girl, except I actually ended up liking this better High praise indeed, because I LOVED TOBG Sofi is sent to the Spanish King s court to be a lady in waiting for his new wife after a little indiscretion Sofi actually a real person was a painter of some renown she trained under Michelangelo which ended up being maybe not so great, since this was the time he was considered a heretic and also discovered to be gay There s a love story and a lot of palace intrigue it s just an incredibly fun story And Sofi is fantastic She s a woman in the 1500s who paints as well as a man and who s been educated well beyond what women were allowed She s a kickass heroine You can tell that Lynn Cullen did a lot of research into Sofi and into the time period, but at the same time, it doesn t bog down the narrative That s an incredibly fine line to walk.Lynn Cullen s compared to Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir and Sarah Dunant If that s not enough to get you to want this book, seriously I don t know what will

  6. says:

    This is a beautifully written Historical Fiction novel about Sofonisba Anguissola a female artist of the Renaissance who studied under Michelangelo and at King Felipe II of Spain s request became a lady in waiting painting instructor for his wife Within this book, you can find romance, mystery, travel, historical facts, treachery, and so much .

  7. says:

    There is little readingintriguing than well done historical fiction Lynn Cullen raises this genre to new heights with her intriguing, richly visualized THE CREATION OF EVE Based on the life of the first woman painter to achieve any degree of recognition during the Renaissance, Sofonisba Anguissola, the author transports us to the 16th century courts of Spain and France, each alive with rankling jealousies, harbored dreams, and clever machinations.As a child of 7 Sofonisba was inspired by There is little readingintriguing than well done historical fiction Lynn Cullen raises this genre to new heights with her intriguing, richly visualized THE CREATION OF EVE Based on the life of the first woman painter to achieve any degree of recognition during the Renaissance, Sofonisba Anguissola, the author transports us to the 16th century courts of Spain and France, each alive with rankling jealousies, harbored dreams, and clever machinations.As a child of 7 Sofonisba was inspired by a picture of the Madonna and Child in a local church Borrowing her printer father s quill and paper she drew her own picture He was so impressed by her talent that he ignored the disdainful laughter of their Cremona neighbors, A girl taking up a man s craft, and such a dirty one at that Who is going to marry her now In time he chose some of her work and sent it to the Maestro, Michelangelo, who invited her to come to Rome to study An impossibility for a girl in that day and time, yet it happened to Sofonisba who would become a portraitist because women were not allowed o study from the nude or from the dissection of a cadaver At Michelangelo s studio she met and fell in love with a young sculptor, Tiberio Calcagni There is a brief moment of coupling, which Sofi fears might ruin not only herself but Tiberio and bring shame to her beloved father So, when she is invited by the mightiest of rulers, King Philip II of Spain, to teach his 13 year old wife, Queen Elisabeth, painting and serve as her lady in waiting Sofi does not hesitate.Yet, she is ill prepared for what she finds in the grand palaces of Toledo, Madrid, and Segovia the animus of the King s sister and a fault finding condessa who would like nothing better than to see the Queen lose favor Elisabeth, the daughter of King Henri II of France and Catherine de Medici, is a beauty but rash, and at her then tender age unable to bear children for the King Philip, a widower and much older than his Queen, wants her total devotion Add to this mix Don Juan, the king s handsome younger brother, and Don Carlos, his frail, mentally deficient son, both of whom covet Elisabeth.Thus, while strife abounds at court there are tensions without in Rome Michelangelo is being investigated by the Inquisition of the Catholic Church for the supposed immorality of his paintings in the Sistine Chapel and his rud homosexuality The Grand Inquisitor s punishments are horrific Plus, the Protestant Reformation is feared by both Philip and Catherine of France who seeks to wed another daughter to Don Carlos in hopes of even stronger ties between their two countries.In the midst of all of this Sofi longs for word from Tiberio, attempts to ameliorate the King s sister and the condessa, and keep an ever watchful eye on Elizabeth whom she fears may act impetuously.With THE CREATION OF EVE Cullen has used history and prodigious research to craft an unforgettable epic, totally absorbing, richly atmospheric She sensitively portrays the status of women at that time, realistically paints the staggering wealth enjoyed by some as opposed to the deprivation of many, while telling a fascinating story Somehow Cullen allows us to move in the same circles as Sofi, enjoying feast days , moving among the greats of the art world Michelangelo, DaVinci, trembling at the thought of the Inquisition, and seeing the onset of the Reformation An unforgettable pleasure

  8. says:

    I believe this was my first read of a historical novel about royalty The Creation of Eve takes place in the 1500s, primarily in Spain The novel is told in the voice of Italian Sofonisba Anguissola, an actual painter mentored by Michelangelo, via her diary Sofi becomes an intimate friend to teenage Elisabeth of Valois, France, after Elisabeth was married to given to King Felipe II of Spain This book is a page turner I looked forward to opening it each evening and had to make myself put it I believe this was my first read of a historical novel about royalty The Creation of Eve takes place in the 1500s, primarily in Spain The novel is told in the voice of Italian Sofonisba Anguissola, an actual painter mentored by Michelangelo, via her diary Sofi becomes an intimate friend to teenage Elisabeth of Valois, France, after Elisabeth was married to given to King Felipe II of Spain This book is a page turner I looked forward to opening it each evening and had to make myself put it down to go to sleep The drama never stops, and it s so compelling because, as Lynn Cullen explains in her Author s Note, The Creation of Eve, while based on a solid foundation of research, is a work of fiction However, the most fantastical elements of the story tend to be the true ones If only my high school history teacher could have engaged us with the fascinating relationships and usually terrible acts brought to life in this book, I might have stayed awake and learned something

  9. says:

    I really liked this book I loved learning about Sofonisba Anguissola I looked up a lot of details about the Spanish court while reading and it seems that the author did stay pretty true to history while writing, which is something I love in a historical fiction novel.These are the reasons that I didn t give this book five stars spoiler alert 1 Sofi spends almost every waking moment with the Queen, yet there is never any real friendship between the two of them I find it impossible to bel I really liked this book I loved learning about Sofonisba Anguissola I looked up a lot of details about the Spanish court while reading and it seems that the author did stay pretty true to history while writing, which is something I love in a historical fiction novel.These are the reasons that I didn t give this book five stars spoiler alert 1 Sofi spends almost every waking moment with the Queen, yet there is never any real friendship between the two of them I find it impossible to believe that they wouldn t have joked and gossiped and chatted like other girlfriends do I think that an aspect of friendship would have made the character of the Queen seemhuman, because to me she felt sort of fake I wanted to like her, but she just kept falling flat for me And for one of the main characters in the book, that was a little disappointing 2 Sofi never ends up with a guy For all the mooning over Tiberio and then the doctor, I would have liked to see something come of it What was the point of the doctor s character, really, if she wasn t going to end up with him 3 The ending was rushed Everything happened so fast and then it was over I felt like the author just got bored of telling us the story so she wrapped it up as quickly as she could I did like the author s note at the end, but I wish that she could have put that information into the story It sounds interesting Overall, I really liked this book It held my attention there were days when I couldn t wait to get home to read it I was always wondering what was going to happen next, and I didn t find it predictable There were quite a few surprises I recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction

  10. says:

    This is the one time in my life where I picked a book because of it s cover and it was exactly what I wanted it to be Ok, it wasn t the cover itself, but scrawled across it was Enormously Satisfying Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants Sold I loved Water for Elephants.Sofonisba Sofi Anguissola is a student of Michelangelo when she falls in love with Tibero, her fellow student After they are caught alone together, Sofi runs home, hoping that he will send for her Instead, the King This is the one time in my life where I picked a book because of it s cover and it was exactly what I wanted it to be Ok, it wasn t the cover itself, but scrawled across it was Enormously Satisfying Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants Sold I loved Water for Elephants.Sofonisba Sofi Anguissola is a student of Michelangelo when she falls in love with Tibero, her fellow student After they are caught alone together, Sofi runs home, hoping that he will send for her Instead, the King of Spain invites Sofi to be lady in waiting and painting teacher to his third wife, 15 year old Catherine de Medici Sofi quickly becomes Catherine s closest friend and sole confidant, and Sofi helps the young queen to learn how to make Felipe happy Meanwhile, Felipe s sole child Carlos begins to fall in love with the queen And the queen has her eye on a courtierI am a sucker for good historical fiction and what I will call tasteful romance novels and this satisfied my need for a love story with real heart I loved Sofi, I loved the impetuous queen, and I wanted desperately for them to each get everything they wanted.Lynn Cullen crafted this book well, weaving dramas and flushing out the facts of history into a beautiful story I wished that the novel had lasted to asatisfactory ending, as Cullen unfortunately had to stick to the facts, but only the best books leave you wishing that there werepages to come.If you like Philippa Gregory, you will LOVE this book.Original Review posted at Books I Devour, Books I Savour

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