The Botticelli Secret

Conspiracy, murder, myth and art are woven together in ‘The Botticelli Secret’ to unravel a five hundred year old art mystery.

‘The Botticelli Secret’ penned by Marina Fiorato is an historical mystery novel that centres around the Renaissance painting ‘La Primavera’, painted by Sandro Botticelli between 1477 and 1482.

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Set in fifteenth century Florence at the time of the painting’s creation, the protaganist of the story; prostitute and model Luciana Vetra, becomes embroiled in a deadly secret after she is asked to pose for the painting and steals an unfinished version of ‘La Primavera’.

Luciana flees for her life with her friend Brother Guido della Torre and the unlikely duo of prostitute and monk find themselves at the centre of a murderous conspiracy that revolves around Botticelli’s painting. Realising that the key to their survival rests with deciphering the hidden meanings in ‘La Primavera’, they journey through Renaissance Italy as they decode the paintings messages one by one.

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Sandro Botticelli, La Primavera (c. 1477-82) Wikepedia

The plot at times is somewhat far-fetched but the central characters are likeable and the intrigue of the painting will bring out the detective in you and will make you eager to uncover its secrets.

If you’re fan of Da Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ then this book is for you and you’ll find yourself constantly referring to the image of ‘La Primavera’ on the back cover as the codes are gradually revealed.

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‘The Botticelli Secret’ is a mixture of pure escapism, art theory and historical narrative and will leave you looking at ‘La Primavera’ very differently.

Read my post on the Botticelli Reimagined exhibition at the V&A here.

Have you read ‘The Botticelli Secret’ and what did you think of it?

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