The Second Mrs. Giaconda

The Second Mrs. Giaconda

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by E. L. Konigsburg
     
 

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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

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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.

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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" has always been surrounded by mystery, from her enigmatic smile to her identity. Art historians have now determined that she was the second wife of a merchant named Giaconda. Konigsburg's historical fiction presents a thought-provoking premise of why da Vinci chose to paint her portrait when he was in such demand by the nobility. It appears that da Vinci's servant, Salai, had a great deal of influence over his master. The young, fun loving, plain-faced Duchess Beatrice entranced Salai. He told her, "You ought to let Leonardo paint you. He is the guy who believes that you paint a face to show what is inside the head." However, it is not her face, but rather that of an unknown, that becomes the masterpiece. Konigsburg provides lively dialogue and vivid descriptions of the people and settings of the Italian Renaissance as her tale of Beatrice, Salai and da Vinci unfolds. Readers will gain insight into the artist's personality while discovering that answers to questions are not as simple as the smile on one's face. Black and white photo reprints of some of da Vinci's works are included. 1998 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606339094
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
138
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.

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Second Mrs. Giaconda 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started reading, The Second Mrs. Giaconda. It is very good so far. E.L. Konigsburg is a great author. If you are looking for a book to read, and you are interested in art, you should deffintly read this book. The Second Mrs. Giaconda is about why Leonardo da Vinci devoted three years to a painting of the second wife of an unimportant merchant, when all the famous nobles of Europe were begging Leonardo da Vinci to paint pictures for them. Don't think this is just a book of facts and is very boring! This book is an actual story and it is very interesting. Once you end a chapter, you want to keep reading more. E.L. Konigsburg has a very unique style of writing that makes you want to read her books. I love all the books that she has written. Although, this one is one of my favorites. I really recomend you to read this book.
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This Book has a great meaning if you want to read something with an adventure. C'mon, Let's read what we havn't discovered YEt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i gues it was good book. i still didnt get to finish it but, its ok. i also thought itwas going to be like the davinci code and i actually bought it!! well, at least i have another book?!!?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me into the book the whole time I was reading it. It is very suspenceful. I really liked the way this Author writes. E.L. Konigsburg is one of my favorite authors! I would also encourage you to look at some of the other books Konigsburg wrote. They are awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The the book all comes together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book for school in 7th grade and it has been one of my favorites ever since. I loved this story. This book is enjoyable for all ages and well written. I enjoy seeing a more human side to Leonardo in a way that does not involve conspiracy theory. I found the book delightful, and after so much speculation in the media about Leonardo and the identity of Mona Lisa this book was a breath of fresh air that makes a lot of sense if you do your research. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in art or history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking that it might be something similar to 'The Da Vinci Code' However it turned out to be VERY BORING! I had to force myself to read it! Has absolutely NO action or ANYTHING in it! Thought that I would enjoy it since I loved 'Silent To The Bone' which was also written by Konigsburg.