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Amy Sackville – Painter to the King

September 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Amy Sackville is a writer of rare talent, an exquisite novelist who has been praised for her luminous prose and sumptuous language. In Painter to the King, her latest – and arguably most ambitious – novel, she has created a literary portrait of Diego Velázquez, bringing to life in words the methods and rich canvasses of the Spanish painter.

Velázquez was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and one of the most famous painters of the Spanish Golden Age. Sackville follows his arrival in court to his death 38 years later. In doing so she reveals the relationship between an artist and his subject, a grief-stricken ruler and the excesses of courtly life.

“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,” according to Sarah Perry in The Guardian.

The Times was equally fulsome in its praise, describing the novel as “an authentic glimpse into the painter’s methods… Superb.”

Sackville currently teaches creative writing at the University of Kent. Her first novel, The Still Point, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 2010. Her second, Orkney, was published by Granta Books in 2013.


September 29, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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