Da Vinci's Tiger

Da Vinci's Tiger

by L. M. Elliott

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Overview

For fans of rich and complex historical novels like Girl with a Pearl Earring or Code Name Verity, Laura Malone Elliott delivers the stunning tale of real-life Renaissance woman Ginevra de' Benci, the inspiration for one of Leonardo da Vinci's earliest masterpieces. 

The young and beautiful daughter of a wealthy family, Ginevra longs to share her poetry and participate in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence but is trapped in an arranged marriage in a society dictated by men. The arrival of the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers. Bembo chooses Ginevra as his Platonic muse and commissions a portrait of her by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them, one Ginevra only begins to understand. In a rich and vivid world of exquisite art with a dangerous underbelly of deadly political feuds, Ginevra faces many challenges to discover her voice and artistic companionship—and to find love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060744243
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 699,650
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laura Malone Elliott is the author of Under a War-Torn Sky, a NCSS/CBC Notable Book in Social Studies, a Jefferson Cup Honor Book, and winner of the Borders' Original Voices Award, and its sequel, A Troubled Peace, also a NCSS/CBC Notable; Annie, Between the States, an IRA Teacher's Choice and NYPL Book for the Teen Age; Give Me Liberty; and Flying South, a Bank Street College Best Children's Book. She lives in Virginia with her family.

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Da Vinci's Tiger 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I’ve always been fascinated with everything related to the Renaissance, ever since I first learnt about it back in middle school. Yet, the minute after I flipped open L.M. Elliot’s Da Vinci’s Tiger, I knew that my knowledge about this period or about one of the most renowned painters in history was in fact, barely amounted to anything at all. Da Vinci’s Tiger weaves a tale around the subject of Leonardo Da Vinci’s first portrait with finesse, bringing to life the Renaissance in Florence and the voice of a woman whose life was dictated by men before this portrait. My Thoughts: 1. The first thing that hit me about this book was how much this book felt like living in Florence in the 1400’s. Whether it was the clothing, the dialogue or the Medici, every time I flipped open Da Vinci’s Tiger, I honestly felt like I’d been transported over 600 years into the past. “But he, awestruck, marvels more at your modest heart, Your old-fashioned virtue, and your Palladian hands, He is inflamed with Holy Love" 2. I LOVED meeting a young Leonardo Da Vinci. I’ve read about hit, seen a few episodes of DaVinci’s Demons but seeing him through the eyes of Ginerva was a different experience. I saw a budding artist about to make a name for himself and become one of history’s biggest painters and this new take on him was BRILLIANT! "Outside, my dear, you may be placed within a gilded cage of men's perceptions of you... It is a lonely thing to be turned into an ideal, especially when one is young and has a heart that beats and yearns." 3. I can’t believe I forgot to mention this but ISN’T THE COVER JUST BEAUTIFUL? It’s simple and yet it catches your eye and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. "I will not yield to you in this way, signor," I cried. "No matter how much you track me around this room. No matter how many arguments you make to convince me it is my obligation to reward you with my body" 4. I loved Ginerva’s poetry, and I loved the fact that she wrote poetry and that it was so important to her. I feel like we barely got to see any of her poetry, despite the fact that it was being mentioned all the time with the exception of one or two pieces. I especially loved this line: “I beg your pardon. I am a mountain tiger” 5. More than Ginerva’s poetry, I loved Ginerva herself. Despite the fact that she was confused and growing up, she had this innate strength and thirst for knowledge that made me love the fact that I was in her head! A book unlike anything I’ve read before. A richly delicate book that will bring Renaissance Florence to life before your very eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was awful. we had to read it for summer reading and it was terrible. It is very confusing and nobody knew what it meant. i do not recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. So well written! The writing is as beautiful as the original Leonardo Da Vinci painting this book was inspired by.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
L.M. Elliott is a true historical fiction writer, through and through. This beautiful, historically accurate piece of writing captivated me from the beginning. I fell in love with Elliott's story between artist and muse, and the incredibly romantic platonic love she clearly researched and explored in order to show its truth to her audience. This story, cloaked with feminist themes and strong attention to detail, is one I hadn't ever heard before. Thank you for sharing your interpretation in such a masterful way. Your characters speak volumes, your themes are ever relevant. So glad I picked this up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of L.M. Elliott's work for years. Time and time again, she delivers pieces of fiction that absolutely ooze with beautiful prose, gripping characters, captivating historical accuracy, and well-written dialogue and plot-lines. Thus, I was very excited going into this read. Having finished, I can categorically tell you that this is one of her best pieces. Ginvera de'Benci is one of the strongest female characters I have ever encountered, a character that is incredibly fleshed-out and makes you care about her instantly. As a whole, the novel never lets you down, and is a thoroughly engrossing read, one that makes you lose track of time and be completely immersed in the world conveyed on the page. This novel is an excellent example of thought-provoking writing absolutely sparking to life. Well done, Ms. Elliott!
terferj More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I'm pleasantly surprised on how much I liked this. When I first received it in my Owl Crate book subscription, I was very wary of it. I don't read much historical fiction (but I'm getting there) and I'm glad that I did read this. This was written excellently. The descriptions of the paintings and sculptures were visually appealing. This book wasn't fast paced like I usually like. This is what I would consider as a slow and steady to give interesting facts and plotline throughout the entire book. I do not know much regarding of Da Vinci or his time period but when I looked up facts, this was pretty much spot on. Bravo. The main protagonist, Ginevra, isn't well known in real life besides the painting done by Da Vinci and I enjoyed the author's interpretation of her character. She was bold, creative, virtuous, inspiring, and easily smitten. To live a life in that period is not one I envy. To marry one that you don't love and to be a platonic love to another, is definitely something I would be down for. So yeah, I liked this book very much. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent, lush, historical fiction novel featuring a kick-butt and whip-smart young heroine. The story has equal amounts of romance, historical events, dramatic political twists, and humor--rewarding for both the brain and the heart! I highly recommend this novel to all women, and to lovers of history and art.