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Publisher Description

USA Today Bestseller

"This is a truly original novel that has earned its place among my favorite works of historical fiction."--Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of The Gown

An exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it from Nazi destruction during World War II.

Milan, 1492: When a 16-year old beauty becomes the mistress of the Duke of Milan, she must fight for her place in the palace—and against those who want her out. Soon, she finds herself sitting before Leonardo da Vinci, who wants to ensure his own place in the ducal palace by painting his most ambitious portrait to date.

Munich, World War II: After a modest conservator unwittingly places a priceless Italian Renaissance portrait into the hands of a high-ranking Nazi leader, she risks her life to recover it, working with an American soldier, part of the famed Monuments Men team, to get it back. 

Two women, separated by 500 years, are swept up in the tide of history as one painting stands at the center of their quests for their own destinies.

Fiction & Literature
September 8
William Morrow Paperbacks

Customer Reviews

Texas Reader 1966 ,

DaVinci, a teenage lover, and WW II

Fascinating read.

Gr8ful in New Hampshire ,

Very good!

It helps if you’ve read the book, “The Monuments Men” - you will better get understand the work of Edith’s and Dominic’s characters. But this is such a well-told story that if you just Google the Monuments Men, it’ll add to your understanding. Wish I could give this 4.5 stars!!

Optntdr13 ,

Wonderful novel about Da Vinci’s art: 1490+ . This is a “must read” for everyone.

I already commented. Any reader should love this book.

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