The Miracles of Prato (Paperback)

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“This fascinating novel follows the creation of a series of Italian frescoes while telling a fast-paced story about a real-life Renaissance painter-monk and the nun he seduced. Book groups will find plenty to discuss as The Miracles of Prato looks at the role of women, painting, patronage, and the church in 15th-century Tuscany in a way that makes them accessible, intriguing, and engrossing. I felt like I'd been been to Italy and seen Fra Lippi's masterpiece in Prato for myself!”
— Cindy DeTommoso, Clinton Book Shop, Clinton, NJ

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“Based on the true story of Fra Filippo Lippi's love for a young nun (whom he immortalized as the Madonna in many of his greatest works), this novel is beautifully evocative of Renaissance Italy, and I found the descriptions of the process of Lippi's artistry to be insightful and enlightening. A wonderful book to take on a journey to Tuscany.”
— Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


"Like Fra Filippo's paintings, this love story, set in one of the most intriguing historical periods, is suffused with clear, warm color and fine attention to detail."
--Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad A vibrant and enthralling historical novel about art and passion, The Miracles of Prato by Laurie Albanese and Laura Morowitz brings Italy in the era of the Medici to glorious life--as it tells the story of an illicit love affair between the renowned painter Fra Filippo Lippi and his muse, a beautiful convent novitiate. A magnificent blend of fact, historical color, emotion, and invention, The Miracles of Prato is a novel that will delight the many fans of Tracy Chavalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring and Susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue.

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“Like Fra Filippo’s paintings, this love story, set in one of the most intriguing historical periods, is suffused with clear, warm color and fine attention to detail.”
-Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

“This novel based on the life of Fra Filippo Lippi will be lapped up by fans of historical romance.”
-Publishers Weekly on MIRACLES OF PRATO

“The Miracles of Prato is a time machine, taking the reader back to the height of the Italian Renaissance, revealing a world of childlike innocence and illicit passion, harsh injustice and saintly miracles, and wafting around it all like rare perfume, the creation of art for the glory of God.”
-Eleanor Herman, author of Mistress of the Vatican, on MIRACLES OF PRATO

“A richly detailed and thoroughly engrossing story told with equal measures of ardor, tenderness, and compassion, THE MIRACLES OF PRATO offers a poignant portrayal of the heartbreak of two people caught in the Church’s grip during the Italian Renaissance.”
-Judith Lindbergh, author of The Thrall’s Tale, on MIRACLES OF PRATO

“Richly textured Renaissance romance. …[T]he authors have fashioned an irresistibly passionate novel steeped in art, history, and the miracles wrought by love.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061558351
ISBN-10: 0061558354
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2010
Pages: 372
Language: English