Monday, August 14, 2006

Courtesans - no knitting content


Mimi lent me this book by Sarah Dunant and I am really enjoying it. One of the many things I have done in my life was study art history at the graduate level. Loved it but never got a degree. Took up accounting instead but that is another, not very interesting, story.
Anyway, I did a bunch of research on courtesans while taking a class on the Renaissance painters of Venice. I also learned about some very racy (raunchy in the extreme) illustrations with a text of pornographic poems by Aretino. They are an important element in the plot of In the Company of the Courtesan. Titian also shows up in the book to use her as the model for the Venus of Urbino.
Even without any art history background, I think I would still be finding the book enjoyable. It is told from the point of view of Bucino, a dwarf, who is the courtesan's companion through their lives in Rome and Venice. There is love, magic, violence, art and Venice!

4 Comments:

Blogger Bri McStan said...

I am almost through all my free reading books, so I appreciated your post and the book suggestion. It's like you read my mind.

Love the wild purple socks. I'm hoarding some purple heather SITM for when the sock urge strikes!

9:45 AM  
Anonymous mimi cox said...

cate- i'm glad you enjoyed the book. you are just blogging away & doing it as you do all things- very well. i'm enjoying your blog & loved the pics of the dogs with wings! & meeting your sister. missing my sundays at yarn church. started danny's sweater & then after about an hour's work had to take it off & begin again- made one too many mistakes. the sweater goes to wei-hui friday- i hope she likes it. very hot here- unpleasant to be outside. otherwise, good trip. today i go to the top of the 101 building- the tallest building in the world. see you soon- the socks look great!

8:22 PM  
Blogger knitfriendly said...

That book looks very interesting. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

8:44 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

What an interesting book! I am going tohave to go and get it. I am also an accountant with a dream of being and art curator! Go Figure....

9:06 AM  

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