We read this in our Mother/Daughter book club. Really an interesting book and provoked many lines of discussion. The mothers and the daughters all seemed to enjoy this book. As an activity after our book discussion, we all played Pictionary to show what wonderful artists we were! Fun!
Though classified as a teen novel, I think this book would appeal to older readers, especially those interested in The Da Vinci Code. The book, told as a fiction story, examines the question of who was the subject of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
The Mona Lisa... Why did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on a painting of the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand?
No one knows for sure. But this story of Leonardo, his wayward apprentice Salai, and the Duke of Milan's plain young wife, Beatrice d'Este, may hold the clue to the most famous -- and puzzling -- painting of all time.
I've read a lot of historical fiction, and I thought this one was exceptional. The characters were well-developed and the plot was not predictable. A very enjoyable, easy read, but thought-provoking at the same time.