Painting Mona Lisa

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HarperCollins, 2007 - Florence (Italy) - 564 pages
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Painting Mona Lisa offers an explanation behind the mysteries surrounding da Vinci's famous portrait - why did Leonardo keep the Mona Lisa with him until his death? An intricately woven tale of betrayal, love and loss, which unravels the mysteries surrounding da Vinci's most famous portrait. April 26, 1478. Giuliano de Medici, brother of Lorenzo the Magnificent, the head of the powerful Florentine Medici family, is assassinated. Ten years later, a young Lisa Gherardini listens to the story of Giuliano's death, unaware of the significance it holds for her future. Drawn into the Medici circle by her passion for the Arts, Lisa meets the Medici's most luminescent friend: da Vinci. Against the turbulent backdrop of Savonarola's Florence the two become conspirators and eventually each other's saviours in this parallel love story of infinite twists. Praise for Jeanne Kalogridis: 'Corset-busting escapism.' The Sunday Times 'from sexual passion to mortal danger, the dramatic shift of real historical events will keep the reader turning the pages.' Philippa Gregory

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User Review  - robeik - LibraryThing

I am not an art historian, but it seems that the is some consensus that the subject of the painting we know as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is in fact Lisa Gherardini. Some things are known ... Read full review

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User Review  - DCarlin - LibraryThing

I loved this book. As another reader states it does give a plausible account of the painting of the Mona Lisa and more importantly a view of the Medici family in Florence at the time. As I intend to ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Jeanne Kalogridis is the author of The Diaries of the Family Dracul, a historical trilogy about Vlad the Impaler. She lives in Southern California. Her latest novel is entitled The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici.

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