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THE SECOND MRS. GIOCONDA By: E.L. Konigsburg June 11, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     This ia a golden oldie from 1975 that was reprinted in 2003, on a topic of which we never seem to grow tired — the great Leonardo da Vinci and the mystery behind the tale of his fabulous Mona Lisa. (I told you I was  grabbing what looked interesting from the summer reading carts without regard to date of publication, genre, or anything else except appeal.) This juvenile historical fiction novel explores why da Vinci devoted three years to painting the portrait of an unknown, unimportant woman, since he was recognized and esteemed as one of the greatest minds and most talented artists of his day, and was constantly being sought out to paint the portraits of the richest and most powerful people.  Some may think this is a greater mystery than others. Personally, I find nothing odd in the fact that his precise, artistic  eye could detect something outstanding and spectacular in an individual, and the popularity and fame this portrait, and all his works, has enjoyed for centuries proves his instincts correct.



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