Elliott, Laura Malone. Da Vinci’s Tiger. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, 2015. $17.99. 9780060744243. Ages 14-16. P6Q7
During the flourishing of Florence under the Medici family during the Italian Renaissance, beautiful, educated Ginevra de’ Benci cannot be a part of the artistic world because her class demands she agree to an arranged marriage. Before he arrives to take her away, however, she sits for Leonardo da Vinci’s first portrait after she becomes the Muse—a platonic lover—of a wealthy man. Carefully researched, the book provides great detail about the culture and political intrigue of 15th-century Italy—perhaps a bit too much for readers who are more interested in a plot-driven romance.
April 2016 review by Nel Ward.