It’s no secret that I enjoy a good story but throw in some art, in particular portraiture, add a bit of Renaissance Italy and it’s bound to be a winning combination. Maggie O’Farrell’s latest novel The Marriage Portrait did not disappoint. It is a highly fictionalised account of the life of Lucrezia de’ Medici based not so much on her actual life but inspired by the Robert Browning poem
I remember standing in front of the extraordinary Eleanor of Toledo portrait. The book sounds interesting.
I’ve been on a couple of adventures sparked by reading novels. Snow Falling on Cedars inspired a holiday to Seattle and around Puget Sound. And a childhood favourite book by Henry Treece, Vinland the Good, inspired me to insist we drive all the way up to the northernmost tip of Newfoundland to see the Viking settlement at l’Anse aux Meadows.
Thank you for this Gina, I have this book queued up in my audible account so will definitely try it next.