Da Vinci’s Tiger
by L.M. Elliott
to be published on November 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
young adult | historical fiction | romance
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Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.
When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.
1. I’m a lover of historical fiction and have no shame whatsoever. Renaissance Florence? Now that’s what I’m talking about!
2. It is focused on Da Vinci, a.k.a. one of the most influential artists, and his muse. What is not to be interested in?
3. Art, art, art! This book is all focused on art. I might not be particularly skilled at art but have an abnormal appreciation for it thanks to the fact that my mother is an artist.
4. I’ve had this book on my To-Read shelf for more than a year now. Only a few more days and it is mine, muahaha.
5. I’m kind of obsessed with the old cover.
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I’m Sara, a Colombian teenager with a never-ending enjoyment for reading. I’m a Netflix and Disney enthusiast and my monumental obsession is coffee.