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Publisher Comments:

Hers is the most famous portrait in the world. Here, in prose as rich as the high Renaissance, is Mona Lisa?s tale?a story of passion, loss, and, above all, love. Elisabetta longs for romance, though she thinks she?s too plain. Then, on a visit to Florence, she catches the eye of the great Leonardo da Vinci, and falls for a boy, Giuliano de? Medici. It?s a dangerous time to be?or to be involved with?a Medici. As tragedy and chaos threaten their happiness, Elisabetta faces the bittersweet truth of love.

Review:

"One of the great mysteries, the secret of Mona Lisa's smile, is captivatingly addressed in this fictional history of the woman who posed for Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Readers will immediately warm up to Elisabetta, who is down-to-earth and hardworking despite being a member of the nobility. First met when she is just shy of 13, she is shepherded through Florence by her family friend Leonardo, who recognizes her potential: 'Mysteries promise in those limpid eyes,' he tells her, 'as though you're watching and waiting. As though nothing will really surprise you. It's unsettling.' Yearning for Giuliano de' Medici, youngest son of the most powerful and influential Florentine family, she reluctantly agrees to marry another man when political upheaval tears her and Giuliano apart; years later, fleetingly reunited, Giuliano commissions Leonardo to paint her portrait. Napoli (Stones in Water) conjures the atmosphere of Renaissance Florence as Elisabetta, a country girl, is introduced to art, culture and conspicuous wealth during her trips to town. The historical detail and the romantic tragedy and redemption will prompt a closer inspection of Leonardo's masterpiece. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is the bestselling author of books for many ages, including many beloved novels for young adults. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780525479994
Author:
Napoli, Donna Jo
Publisher:
Speak
Subject:
Historical - Renaissance
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
Leonardo
Subject:
Italy History 1492-1559.
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Renaissance
Subject:
Historical - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090903
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.42x5.94x.98 in. .84 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12 up to AND UP

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Product details 272 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525479994 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "One of the great mysteries, the secret of Mona Lisa's smile, is captivatingly addressed in this fictional history of the woman who posed for Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Readers will immediately warm up to Elisabetta, who is down-to-earth and hardworking despite being a member of the nobility. First met when she is just shy of 13, she is shepherded through Florence by her family friend Leonardo, who recognizes her potential: 'Mysteries promise in those limpid eyes,' he tells her, 'as though you're watching and waiting. As though nothing will really surprise you. It's unsettling.' Yearning for Giuliano de' Medici, youngest son of the most powerful and influential Florentine family, she reluctantly agrees to marry another man when political upheaval tears her and Giuliano apart; years later, fleetingly reunited, Giuliano commissions Leonardo to paint her portrait. Napoli (Stones in Water) conjures the atmosphere of Renaissance Florence as Elisabetta, a country girl, is introduced to art, culture and conspicuous wealth during her trips to town. The historical detail and the romantic tragedy and redemption will prompt a closer inspection of Leonardo's masterpiece. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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