I Am Madame X

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gioia Diliberto

Narrated By: Lorna Raver

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2003

Duration: 10 hours 54 minutes


Madame X, John Singer Sargent’s most famous and scandalous portrait, caused an immediate furor when Sargent unveiled it at the 1884 Paris Salon. The subject’s bold pose, provocative dress, and decadent pallor shocked the public, and the critics panned the picture, smashing Sargent’s dream of a Paris career.

Even before Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie Gautreau’s reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of vicious Paris gossip. In this remarkable novel, the author tells Virginie’s story, drawing on the sketchy facts of the notorious beauty’s life to recreate her tempestuous personality, the captivating milieu of Belle Epoch Paris, and the struggle between artist and model to control the painting that would change their lives and affect the course of art history.

“Diliberto fills in the blanks of Virginie’s life with vivid brush strokes. What ensues is a complex and often incredibly fun portrait...[a] handsomely imagined story.”—Los Angeles Times


  • Amy

    I absolutely fell in love with this book. The narrator is fantastic with her accents and the vivid imagery puts the listener in the moment of the story. I don't speak or understand a lick of French, but it's so beautiful to listen and though it took me a while to catch on to all the names and locations, I found it totally worth it! I'm now interested in John Singer Sargent's art!

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