Teddy Rose said, "I would also like to suggest a book for Italy: The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland. Here's the link to my review."
After Artemisia Gentileschi, a promising young painter, is raped by her instructor, a papal court orders her torture and her father betrays her. Shamed but not vanquished, she asks her harsh parent to arrange her marriage to another painter and, thus vindicated in the eyes of society and the church, she begins a new life. But not a happy one. Artemisia's visceral passion to create art -- specifically, to depict on canvas the kind of strong heroine she herself has become -- threatens to overwhelm her roles as wife and daughter. Her struggle to reconcile her conflicting passions lies at the heart of Vreeland's The Passion of Artemisia.