This wonderful historical novel centers on Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti during the years 1501 – 1505 when they both lived and worked in Florence, Italy. Leonardo was in his fifties and an established artist. Michelangelo was in his twenties and had just completed “The Pieta” in Rome and had returned to Florence to make a name for himself and to support his family. When Michelangelo wins the Duccio stone commission and begins his beloved “David” sculpture, Leonardo is working on “The Mona Lisa”.
The author has done a wonderful job of bringing these two art masters to life. This story about the competition between these artists is very believable and enjoyable. The author has an excellent understanding of an artist’s soul and the conflicts that his art creates for him as he struggles to bring forth a masterpiece. Both of these Renaissance masters produced many masterpieces in their lifetime and it was a true pleasure reading about this particular period of their lives and their interaction with each other.
I also appreciated the author’s afterward in which she explains what is actual historical fact in her book and what was imagined by her and why. This is historical fiction at its best. Recommended.
This book was given to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.