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: YF MCC NVD
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 22 cm


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JCLEmmaF Nov 16, 2018

"I will show you / what a woman can do."
This book is very hard to read, which is perhaps why it should be read. I had no idea who Artemisia Gentileschi was until I read this book, and I am stunned: One of Italy's most talented painters was a woman who wanted to tell women's stories accurately. Stunning. This is a book in verse telling the story of female power and vulnerability, through sexual violence.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 03, 2018

This is a powerful debut novel written in verse about trailblazing Italian painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Artemisia was one of the rare female artists of the early modern era, a teenager whose talent surpassed her father's at a time when women's lives were controlled by men. I've always been fascinated by Artemisia as an artist, and moved by her bravery in bringing her rape case to court. Woven throughout are tales of women from the Bible that are surprisingly feminist in nature, and mirror the events in Artemisia's life. It's a lovely read!

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.

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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