My story and more fabulous resources which have helped inspire and craft my novel

More fabulous resources which have helped inspire and craft my novel.

Catholic Studies: “The Great Renaissance Race: Pagan Antiquity vs. Christian Italy” by Elizabeth Lev – I love the passion and enthusiasm of this lecturer- really inspiring. When I was at school my parents wouldn’t let me study practical art. They told me it was a hobby that I could pursue later. But they did let me study art history. At the time I rebelled – I wanted to paint and draw – not read about people who painted and drew.

So I did the minimum and received the miserable mark of 16% for University Entrance Art History. So funny now to think how life has come full circle. Here I am studying with enthusiasm art history and writing a book about people in the Renaissance who, sculpt, paint and draw! Happily I also picked up my pencils, chisels, and paintbrushes in midlife and even won an art award:)

Catholic Studies: “The Great Renaissance Race: Pagan Antiquity vs. Christian Italy

Was the Renaissance merely 15th century Italians raiding the old imperial Roman attic for ideas and models? Did Michelangelo, Raphael and other masters buy into the pagan ideal lock stock and barrel? Or were the artists of the Italian Renaissance aware of their own greatness and that of their unique Christian experience? This talk looks at the world of Italian Renaissance art, its debt to antiquity, its own innovations, and most importantly, its desire to best their pagan masters.

Donatello (1386-1466) was one of Europe’s greatest sculptors. His strong portrayal of human character and expressive style make his work as appealing today as it was revolutionary in his lifetime. I viewed this clip for research for a scene where the heroine views the statue for the first time and is “awakened” – never has she seen a woman so powerful

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