The Second Mrs. Gioconda

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Simon and Schuster, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
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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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

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User 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

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
22
Section 3
26
Section 4
33
Section 5
38
Section 6
42
Section 7
50
Section 8
58
Section 11
74
Section 12
84
Section 13
88
Section 14
97
Section 15
103
Section 16
110
Section 17
120
Section 18
127

Section 9
63
Section 10
69
Section 19
133
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About the author (1998)

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View from Saturday. Among her other acclaimed books are Silent to the Bone, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.

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