The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa Palombo. Published by St. Martins

The painting, The Birth of Venus, is one of the most famous images of the Renaissance, but Who has given any thought to the identity of the model? Palombo takes an educated guess in this gorgeous story. Simonetta is considered to be the most beautiful women in her city and happily accepts the hand of Marco Vespucci, a man who can bring her into the magical circle of the Medici’s. Her world becomes filled with parties and gatherings of the most celebrated artists, philosophers and scientists. When she in invited to the studio of Sandro Boticelli to be the model for a paining, she readily accepts. 15th century Italy, with all its passion, glory and treachery comes to life in this elegant tale

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