Da Vinci's Tiger

Da Vinci's Tiger

eBook - 2015
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In fifteenth-century Florence, the dashing Venetian ambassador commissions young Leonardo da Vinci to paint a portrait of his Platonic love, Ginevra de' Benci, a well-educated, teenaged poet in a passionless marriage, propelling her into the world of art, politics, and romance, with all of its complications.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780062231710
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Dec 12, 2016

For someone who doesn't particularly like historical fiction that often, this novel actually made me very content that I picked it up. The whole romance was entangled with history and events that made the story flow and not seem mechanical at all. The protagonist is fiery and it shines through her many actions. The characters are all brought to life very nicely, in contrast with many novels I have read before. The cover art was done very nicely. I feel as though people who liked Leonardo DeVinci-related stuff should go read The DaVinci Code, recommended to me by a friend. 4.5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 21, 2015

This is an odd little novel, the story of Ginevra de' Benici, the subject of a portrait by da Vinci that visitors to the National Gallery in DC will be quite familiar with. The book is clearly meticulously researched, and chock-full of historical detail about life in Renaissance Italy that is likely to appeal to history buffs; however, the first half of the novel is bogged down by this excess of detail, making the book hard to fully engage with. It picks up steam in the second half, though, and Elliot's portrayal of the relationship between da Vinci and his subject is fascinating. By the end of the book, I was hooked--the entire endeavor is both thoughtful and thought-provoking--but I think teen and adult readers alike will wish the book was a bit faster to start, even if the ending makes it worth the wait.


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