Painter to the King (Hardback)
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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 05/04/2018
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'Novels about art and artistry are plentiful; many are very good. But in Painter to the King Sackville has written not only by far the finest novel of its kind that I have ever read, but one of the finest historical novels of recent years.' - Sarah Perry, The Guardian

It is 1622. Summoned by his king, Philip IV of Spain, painter Diego Velázquez departs his native Seville to attend the royal court of Madrid. Velázquez’s arrival marks the beginning of a complex relationship between artist and subject that will endure over the next 38 years. Over that time, the painter bears witness to the shifting fortunes of a court gradually collapsing under the weight of its own excess.

At storm's centre sits the king, a man entombed by responsibilities to his people and his own growing grief. The years pass and still no heir, his sadness submerged in a sea of advisers and courtiers. Through it all Velázquez observes and paints, recording the king and the daily drama of the court. His position is unique, existing just outside the maelstrom of kingship but still seeing all.

A portrait both of an artist and the act of art-making, the author of the award-winning The Still Point and Orkney presents a brilliantly-realised exploration of art and time, shot through with a contemporary narrative of search and discovery.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783783908
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 418 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'It's rewarding and demanding but if there were ever a novel composed from pictures, rather than words, it is this.' - The Mail on Sunday

Painter to the King, Velazquez, talk by Amy Sackville

Painter to the King, Velazquez, talk by Amy Sackville

Canterbury - Rose Lane
Wednesday 17th October 18:30

' A Mantel-like virtuoso, Sackville has delivered a chiaroscuro performance to match her subject'. 'As if Virginia Woolf had a younger sister'. 'The kind of novel that makes you fall in love with reading again'- Alex Preston.

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“Painting with words....”

This is the story of Diego Velazquez from arriving to at the court of King Philip IV of Spain to his death, his relationship with him as an artist and as a human being.

Amy Sackville has an amazing writing style, as... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
16th November 2017
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Elizabeth at Preston

“An evocative, mesmerising read...”

There is a wonderful lyricism to Sackville’s writing, which only enhances the vibrancy of this atmospheric story set in the court of King Philip IV of Spain in 17th Century Spain.

Cleverly, like Velázquez used mise... More

Hardback edition
7 similar books recommended
29th April 2018
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“Urgent, unpredictable, unputdownable!”

This is a fantastic read. With the urgent and unpredictable style of her writing, Sackville brings the works and characters that defined Velázquez's world as painter to the King vividly, and brilliantly, to... More

Hardback edition
12th May 2018
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