By Laurie Albanese, Laura Morowitz
Italy, 1456. The Renaissance is in wonderful bloom, an age of unbridled creativity, trade, paintings, and innovation. probably the most colourful males of this amazing time is Fra Filippo Lippi, both respected as a painter and reviled as a rogue. a superb artist, he serves Cosimo de' Medici and the Catholic Church, developing masterpieces in party of God and His glory. A Carmelite monk, he acts as chaplain to the nuns of the Convent Santa Margherita—and it truly is right here, at the back of the cloister partitions, that he encounters the best temptation of his existence. Penniless and gorgeous, younger Lucrezia Buti has been pushed to Santa Margherita extra by means of poverty than piety. Mesmerized via Lucrezia's faultless good points, Lippi sees in her face the foundation for numerous Madonnas. With assistance from his strong buddies and an unscrupulous prioress, he attracts upon favors that might bring about risky results, and brings the younger lady to his studio to function his version. Painter and muse are quickly united in an exciting whirl of inventive discovery. As weeks and months move, a passionate love develops among the irascible artist and the younger nun, leading to a scandalous romance that threatens to spoil them at the same time it fuels a few of Lippi's maximum paintings. Their affair sparks anger, envy, and vengeance . . . and it'll take a miracle of timeless religion, unsurpassed good looks, and unfathomable like to keep all that Lippi and Lucrezia cherish. a stunning novel that brings jointly genuine and imagined characters from Italy's wealthy historical past, The Miracles of Prato is a relocating and unforgettable story of hope and devotion, either sensual and religious, set in a unprecedented time and position whilst good looks, religion, and artwork have been celebrated mainly.