Second Mrs. Giaconda, The

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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.

Pages: 160

Pages: 160

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The greatest artist of his time. An apprentice with a larcenous heart and an aversion to the truth. A young duchess whose plain face belies her beautiful soul. Could the complex ways these three lives intertwine hold the key to a historical riddle as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa’s smile? An adventure that your students will not want to miss.

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