The Madonna of the Almonds

The Madonna of the Almonds

Large Print - 2010
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Bernardino Luini, favourite apprentice of Leonardo da Vinci, is commissioned to paint a religious fresco in the hills of Lombardy. His eye is caught by the beautiful Simonetta di Saronno, a young noblewoman who has lost her husband to battle.Captivated by her beauty and sadness, Bernardino paints Simonetta's likeness, immortalising her as the Madonna in his miraculous frescoes in Saronno's chruch. As the sittings progress, artist and model fall in love, and Simonetta reciprocates by creating a drink from the juice of almonds - the famous Amaretto di Saronno. As the frescoes and the liqueur near their completion, the couple's affair distils into a heady brew of religious scandal which threatens their love, and ultimately their lives.
Publisher: Oxford : Isis Publishing, 2010, c2009
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780753184936
Branch Call Number: LPF FIO NVD
Characteristics: 356 p. (large print) : map ; 24 cm


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Dec 14, 2013

This book is based on a fact/fiction story of Leonardo da Vinci's pupil who became a famous artist in his own right. It wasn't too bad, the ending was a bit too happy and predictable for my taste.

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