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I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis
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Dec 07, 2008

really liked it

If you take into consideration that this book is based on the fact that in 2005 the Mona Lisa was definitively identified as being the main character is in this book, it makes it much more interesting. Kalogrodis has written a whole historical background for Lisa di Gherardina which encompasses the turbulent Florence in the 15th century. I will say that this author often confuses locations (one big one was her switching around the burial place of Cosimo de' Medici at least twice in the book-he is buried as San Lorenzo in Florence and not at San Marco), and that drives me nuts. Also she threw in a lot of art pieces in a way that seemed like she was doing it just to show you she knew about them rather than having any important involvement in the story. Otherwise I thought this was decent fiction and a very interesting plot involving Savonarola and the overthrow of the Medici.

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