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- DescriptionMoving between the wonder of 18th-century Venice and the dark chaos of Germany at the end of World War II, The Merchants of Light is the story of a dynasty of artists who lived, loved and died by painting.In May 1945, a beleaguered Monuments Man arrives in the bombed-out German city of Wurzburg. His mission: to rescue vulnerable art treasures from the ravages of war. But, surrounded by utter devastation, he wonders if there will be anything left to save...What he finds will uncover the story of Tiepolo, the vibrant and prolific Venetian artist, and most successful painter of his day, and of Cecilia, mother to their tribe of talented children and model for the sublime beauties that appear throughout her husband's works.This family's dramatic saga interweaves with the 20th-century struggle to rescue their most spectacular masterpiece, creating a bridge between old world and new, and asking: can human creativity triumph over human destruction?
- Author BiographyThe immensely gifted Marta Maretich recreates with unerring eloquence the world of Tiepolo, his family, his patrons and his art. Few writers bring such skill to writing about art and these glittering pages, like the masterpieces Maretich describes, are full of life and passion. I felt that I too was walking the streets of eighteenth century Venice, a privileged visitor at Tiepolo's studio. The result is a wonderfully absorbing and exciting novel. Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy Smart, elegant, earthy, and assured, Marta Maretich transports us to eighteenth-century Venice, rendering the world of exuberant Baroque master Giambattista Tiepolo and his family - especially his canny wife Cecilia Guardi - with vivacity and grace. The lasting power of Tiepolo's work shines through the true story of Monuments Man John D. Skilton's race against time to save the painter's astonishing frescoes from ruin after the Second World War. Ellis Avery, author of The Last Nude. Maretich inhabits the genius and interweaving passions of painters, art dealers, and conservators - those who create, those who know and connect, those who attempt to preserve. Focusing on the Tiepolo family Maretich changes the way we think about Art while she illuminates the world. A major work, full of brilliant glimpses, surprises, pleasures. Grace Dane Mazur, author of Hinges: Meditations on the Portals of the Imagination The Merchants of Light chronicles the remarkable marriage between the Venetian painter Tiepolo and his wife, business partner and life-long muse, Cecilia Guardi and it testifies to the enduring power of art to uplift, transform and illuminate the dark. Maretich evokes Venice on the eve of Enlightenment with remarkable immediacy - a city of great beauty and sudden loss, a place that seems both alluringly exotic and strangely familiar. Full of rich, sensual detail, humour, wisdom and an unforgettable cast of characters, The Merchants of Light made me fall in love with Tiepolo, his family and his world. Catherine Temma Davidson, author of The Priest Fainted
- Author(s)Marta Maretich
- PublisherNine Elms Books
- Date of Publication28/03/2015
- SubjectHistorical & Mythological Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintNine Elms Books
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
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