The Second Mrs. Gioconda
The Mona Lisa... Why did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on a painting of the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand?
No one knows for sure. But this story of Leonardo, his wayward apprentice Salai, and the Duke of Milan's plain young wife, Beatrice d'Este, may hold the clue to the most famous -- and puzzling -- painting of all time.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juniperSun - LibraryThing
A round-about way of giving insight into Leonardo da Vinci's personality, Konigsburg's story is given from the perspective of one of his assistants. We are also sympathetic to The Duke's young wife ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ansate - LibraryThing
this is where I start really appreciating how her protoganists are not perfect and we're not trying to change them so they are. esp with leonardo, it's gotta be hard not to go all "Great man" trope ... Read full review