|Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins (2015-11)|
|MS: Final Edited|
|Books for very young children, children’s picture books & activity books|
DA VINCI'S TIGER
A beautiful and enthralling historical romance about Ginevra de Benci, the real-life muse of Leonardo da Vinci, and her journey to find the many meanings of 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.
In this beautifully written exploration of a real-life Renaissance woman, L. M. Elliott delivers the stunning tale of Ginevra de Benci, captured forever in Leonardo da Vinci’s first portrait, a painting that broke convention and established the master as a force of artistic honesty and change.
L. M. 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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