I am Rembrandt's daughter- Lynn Cullen

03 February 2009

Title: I am Rembrandt's Daughter
Author: Lynn Cullen
Stars: 4

With her mother dead of the plague, and her beloved brother newly married and moved away, Cornelia van Rijn finds herself without a friend or confidante—save her difficult father. Out of favor with Amsterdam’s elite, and considered brash and unreasonable by his patrons, Rembrandt van Rijn, once revered, is now teetering on the brink of madness. Cornelia alone must care for him, though she herself is haunted by secrets and scandal. Her only happiness comes in chance meetings with Carel, the son of a wealthy shipping magnate whose passion for art stirs Cornelia. And then there is Neel, her father’s last remaining pupil, whose steadfast devotion to Rembrandt both baffles and touches her. Based on historical fact, and filled with family dramas and a love triangle that would make Jane Austen proud, I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter is a powerful account of a young woman’s struggle to come of age within the shadow of one of the world’s most brilliant and complicated artists.

I especially like these books that tell about women 'back then' and have a cover with the main character in flesh (the model). Rembrandt, like most painters, was bankrupt. But he had once been famous, and a great artist until he went crazy. Cornelia, daughter of Rembrandt, always felt shunned away from Rembrandt and thought her father favored her brother over her. Cornelia craves her father's affection, but he is too busy with his painting or is he? What is the reason why Cornelia is shunned? As many books of these type, Cornelia is caught in romance between a rich boy and her father's apprentice. Bright and happy, or mysterious and glum? I award it the Kikiberry award.

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