A novel of Leonardo da Vinci - visionary painter of the Mona Lisa, the smiling, enigmatic Gioconda. We know him as the Renaissance genius: inventor, scientist, artist. They knew him as Leonardo from Vinci: heretic, butcher, lunatic. A solitary child, Leonardo's only intimate is Lisa Gherardini, the girl who spies on him in his workshop. Spurned by his tutor, he is sent by his despairing father to Florence as an apprentice. Under the guiding hand of Verrocchio, the master sculptor, he begins to make his name. But success requires sacrifice. Florence demands a level of conformity impossible for him. Forced to leave, Leonardo places himself at the service of the charismatic, power-thirsty Duke of Milan. His journey leads him back to Lisa and the portrait he has waited so long to paint, the culmination of his life's work…
©2011 Lucille Turner (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
An historical-fiction of the original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Enjoyable novel with lots of interesting facts about "the genius" and events occurring during his lifetime. Leo's imagined involvement with Lisa Gioconda and his painting of the Mona Lisa was thought provoking; sending me to Google what else I could find out about Gioconda.
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