Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell
Robin Maxwell takes the reader on an incredible journey exploring Leonardo's life through the eyes of his loving mother, a remarkable woman in her own right. She takes us to Renaissance Italy; to Florence, Rome, Milan, and Pavia. Along the way, she breathes life into a 15th century world fraught with danger and famous personages.
Through impeccable research, she introduces the reader to Lorenzo Medici, Sandro Botticelli, Rodrigo Borgio, the evil zealot Savonarola, and the rich Sforza family. There is little she does not leave unexplored. In great detail, she explains Leonardo's flying machines and the painting of the Mona Lisa. She provides readers with a means of understanding how the Lirey Shroud could possibly be a forgery by Leonardo da Vinci himself.
For those who adore the history of Italy in the mysterious and exciting era of the Renaissance, this book will greatly satisfy. Rich with detail, the novel moves the reader from tears to laughter as this poignant story unfolds.