I’ve been the recipient of so many terrific works of historical fiction lately I’ve been in book Heaven! The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen is one such novel that it’s been my pleasure to read.
The Creation of Eve is the story of Sofonisba Anguissola – she was a famous female painter during the Renaissance period. She was trained by renowned Michelangelo. During that time, she fell in love with one of his other pupils and they become lovers. Embarrassed and afraid that her father would find out about the affair, she leaves town, rather than disappoint him after all he’s done for her. She becomes the lady-in-waiting to Elisabeth of Valois in Spain and for me, that’s when the story really began to take flight.
The book isn’t necessarily all about Sofi, but sometimes about the people around her as seen through her eyes. All descriptions of surroundings are told vividly and how Sofi would see them. We get such great comprehension of how it must have been to be a woman of her talent in the 1500’s. The fact that I didn’t know most of the historical characters in this book made me delight in it all the more. It was a learning experience made enjoyable by the talent of Lynn Cullen. It’s a very intelligent and well written book that I highly recommend.