Lady Isabella's Secrets

"The graphic novel  series of an alchemist woman in the 16th century and her adventures."

This illustrated story based on Isabella’s recipes is set against the backdrop of sixteenth century Rome during the Counter Reformation. Although simple recipes aimed to provide remedies for the everyday problems of ordinary people, Isabella’s preparations were considered highly suspect by the Church authorities.

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Rome, second half of the 16th century. Alchemist Isabella Cortese has dedicated her life to finding remedies for people’s everyday problems. Will she be able to continue her work despite mounting pressure from the Church authorities?

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Isabella and Marco are travelling to Venice. While in Florence, Isabella meets Jacopo Pecori and Eleonora da Toledo. Both of them ask for her help. Will Isabella’s alchemist skills be able to come to their aid?

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virva. aka Virva E. Auvinen was born in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from the University of Helsinki as an art historian and has a MA degree from the department of New Media Design and Production at the University of Art and Design of Helsinki.

After living for some time in Bologna, Italy, where she attended several comic book creation courses, she moved to Berlin where she now lives with her family and works as a designer and graphic novelist. She draws her inspiration for her stories and illustrations from both the past and the present, capturing the feel of everyday life down the centuries.

“Lady Isabella’s Secrets” follows up the interactive story concept developed in 2010-12 that won the European Commission Information and Media Society Art & Design prize at NEM in 2011.
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