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Van Rijn by Sarah Emily Miano
Van Rijn tells the story of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt Van Rijn. Sarah Emily Miano uses two perspectives to tell this story. The first is Rembrandt's own secret journal. The second perspective comes from Pieter Blaeu, who wants to lay his hands on that journal. Pieter is accompanied by Clara, whose own ambitions are mysterious. When Rembrandt was 61, Pieter was the liaison between him and the Florentine prince, Cosimo de' Medici, who is looking for paintings for his palace. The life of the artist, through his own eyes and those with a passion for his work, lies at the center of Van Rijn. Sarah Emily Miano's novel has received mixed reviews with the London Times saying, "But Miano's impeccable yet lightly-worn research opens up to readers an embarrassment of riches: her eye for detail captures the texture of 17th-century life in the Low Countries. Here are the sights, smells, sounds and colours of the Dutch golden age alchemised into fictional gold. The marriage of art, history and fiction has rarely been so alive."