Two compelling novels summon up the Spanish Court of King Philip IV, patron of Diego Velázquez (Painter to the King – Amy Sackville), and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (The Doll Factory – Elizabeth Macneal).
Painter to the King is an engrossing fictional study of visual art as well as a portrait of the relationship between Velázquez and his royal patron.
The Doll Factory is inspired by the life of Lizzie Siddal, Pre-Raphaelite muse and painter. It is a tale of art, love and obsession.
What are the challenges of transforming artists and their milieu into fiction?