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I am Venus : a novel

Author: Barbara Louise Mujica
Publisher: New York : Overlook, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The year is 1619, and Diego Velázquez is a rising star at an art academy in Seville run by his father-in-law. But even as his young wife builds him a family, the painter yearns for a larger canvas, and soon his ambition lands him at the court of King Philip IV, where he quickly gains prominence, just as Spain is plunged into military defeat and domestic chaos. But as he gains nobility and privilege, Velázquez  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Named Person: Diego Velázquez; Diego Velázquez
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Louise Mujica
ISBN: 146830657X 9781468306576
OCLC Number: 814455014
Description: 304 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Bárbara Mujica.

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"The year is 1619, and Diego Velázquez is a rising star at an art academy in Seville run by his father-in-law. But even as his young wife builds him a family, the painter yearns for a larger canvas, and soon his ambition lands him at the court of King Philip IV, where he quickly gains prominence, just as Spain is plunged into military defeat and domestic chaos. But as he gains nobility and privilege, Velázquez encounters the sinful decadence that defines the regime. At the heart of this most conservative country, its ruling class breaks every rule that the masses must obey. As he finds himself torn between loyalty to family and the easy seductions of power, Velázquez decides to take on his riskiest painting yet, which could, in a stroke, land him in the claws of the Inquisition."--Jacket.

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