Genre- Historical Fiction
Goodreads Ratings - 3.43 /5 Stars
My Ratings- 3 /5 Stars
Hardcover- 304 Pages
Publisher- Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date- November 10, 2015.
Amazon Link- Da Vinci's Tiger (Amazon)
For fans of rich and complex historical novels like Girl with a Pearl Earring or Code Name Verity, Laura Malone Elliott delivers the stunning tale of real-life Renaissance woman Ginevra de' Benci, the inspiration for one of Leonardo da Vinci's earliest masterpieces.
The young and beautiful daughter of a wealthy family, Ginevra longs to share her poetry and participate in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence but is trapped in an arranged marriage in a society dictated by men. The arrival of the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers. Bembo chooses Ginevra as his Platonic muse and commissions a portrait of her by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them, one Ginevra only begins to understand. In a rich and vivid world of exquisite art with a dangerous underbelly of deadly political feuds, Ginevra faces many challenges to discover her voice and artistic companionship—and to find love.
About The Author
Laura Malone Elliott is the author of Under a War-Torn Sky, a NCSS/CBC Notable Book in Social Studies, a Jefferson Cup Honor Book, and winner of the Borders' Original Voices Award, and its sequel, A Troubled Peace, also a NCSS/CBC Notable; Annie, Between the States, an IRA Teacher's Choice and NYPL Book for the Teen Age; Give Me Liberty; and Flying South, a Bank Street College Best Children's Book. She lives in Virginia with her family.
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"Rich, compelling, and beautiful portation of a relationship between a painter and his muse. Recommended to Sharon Biggs Waller's fans."
I'm not really a big fan of historical dramas, but this book (well, mainly its cover) caught my attention. And I know how they say that you don't judge a book by its cover, but we all know that a book's cover is the first thing that captures the attention of a reader.
"Most men are hunters and collectors.You must know the difference between those who do so out of true appreciation and affection, those who do it for sport, those who do it for prestige and to possess what others admire and desire, and those who do it desperate to use a woman as a shield."
"Sing of us. Sing of yourself. Sing of what treasure lies inside women's hearts and minds if men but look beyond their preconceived notions. We think, we feel, we bleed when hurt. We have courage when tested. Someday men may laud rather than fear that. That is my hope. So Sing, Ginevra. Make them Listen."
"I beg your parden. I am a mountain tiger."
Elliott's book displays a very accurate lifestyle version of Renaissance and Florentine's. One has to admit she knows how to weave a beautifully illustrated story that catch its reader in its web the moment you start reading her first lines.
Da Vinci's Tiger was one of those book which makes me view the world from a new point of view. And even though its not my cup of tea, I would tell you all to at least give a thought towards reading it. Since I can guarantee you one thing that you wouldn't regret your decision. I don't.
The Offficial Blogger of Golden Book 24*7.